VetOmega® Background and Dosing

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VetOmega® was designed by scientists with an emphasis on providing readily available omega-series fatty acids that can be added to food or taken as a stand alone supplement.   The veterinary community has been using VetOmega® for nearly 2 decades- and now we are making it available to the public.

VetOmega® is a plant-based omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acid supplement that is used as a dietary supplement for herbivorous and omnivorous animals.  It is primarily a blend of flax and other plant based oils along with specifically designed antioxidants made to pharmaceutical, non-GMO and certified organic standards.  As a part of the high standards, VetOmega® has been tested and verified for proper ingredients, ingredient ratios and lack of contaminants and toxins by a third party lab testing company.   Additionally, Quality Assurance International has certified VetOmega® as organic. VetOmega® is considered a ‘high omega-3 supplement’ due to its 3:1 omega-3:omega-6 ratio.

VetOmega® dosing and storage instructions:  Dosage rate 0.22-0.44 cc/Kg orally (or with food) once daily.  Do NOT shake the bottle.  This damages the omega-3 fatty acids.  Keep Refrigerated.  It is best to discard and replace the bottle 3 months after opening.

When to Use VetOmega®

Suggested Uses for VetOmega® for the Exotic Animal Patient Include Support of the Following Body Systems

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  • Heart and vascular health- supplemental omega-3’s have been shown to reduce risk of atherosclerosis and decrease arrythmias in several animal models.
  • Bone health- supplemental omega3’s have been shown to improve bone mineral density, especially when combined with exercise.
  • Joint health- supplemental omega-3’s have been studied to help slow joint degradation and/or be used as adjunctive therapy for arthritis.
  • Cancer- supplemental omega-3’s have been shown to either reduce incidence of, or slow progression of selected cancers in chickens, rats, and more.
  • Kidney health- supplemental omega-3’s have been a cornerstone therapy in managing kidney diseases in multiple species.
  • Obesity- supplemental omega-3’s have been shown to reduce harmful fat deposition in overweight animals.

**See ‘Scientific Research…‘ below for supporting studies.

VetOmega® may be used with nutraceutical products to formulate specific mixes to support cardiac, liver, skin, kidney, bone, joint and immune function.  Our team has extensive experience using VetOmega® with pharmaceutical grade glucosamine, Coenzyme Q10, silymarin and other neutraceutical products.   More information about nutraceuticals mixtures can be obtained by contacting us directly.

VetOmega® is appropriate for the following taxa and species:

Birds: We reccommend VetOmega® for any species of parrot, chicken, dove, pigeon, and pet ducks.  VetOmega is also appropriate for omnivorous passerines such as finches and other songbirds.

Reptiles:  VetOmega® may be used for omnivorous species such as bearded dragons, tortoises, box turtles, and iguanas.

Small Mammals: We recommend VetOmega® for small mammal patients including ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats.

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Zoological Use

VetOmega® is currently being utilized in zoological institutions for collection animals to add additional dietary support for acute or chronic disease processes.  Zoological species that may benefit from VetOmega® supplementation include any herbivorous or omnivorous avian, reptile, or small mammal species.  VetOmega® may also be supplemented to insect diets that are being gut loaded and offered as food to carnivorous animals.

How to Buy VetOmega®

Purchasing VetOmega® for Your Pet

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VetOmega® 1oz is available online through this website for it’s retail price of $31.95.  There is a dosing chart available for your exotic pet below if you are purchasing online instead of directly through your veterinarian.  Many patients have been trained to take VetOmega® voluntarily from the syringe or on a food item.

VetOmega® dosing chart

Purchasing VetOmega® for Professional Use

VetOmega® for the veterinary practice, professional aviaries and licensed rehabilitation/rescue centers comes in 2 sizes.  If interested in becoming a professional distributor, please ‘Contact Us’.

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About the Creator: M. Scott Echols, DVM, DABVP

VetOmega® is an Avian Studios, LLC product and was co-developed by Dr Scott Echols.  Avian Studios, LLC was founded by M. Scott Echols, DVM, DABVP (Avian) in 2000.  Dr. Echols is an avian board certified veterinary specialist and is known world wide for his lectures, writing, research and clinical surgery and medicine.

Scott lives with his wife, Layle (also a veterinarian), daughter Alaina, along with many animal companions while practicing in multiple locations in the United States. His diverse interests include avian medicine and surgery, art, making educational movies, playing guitar, outdoor activities, nutrition, and building sustainable positive benefit businesses.

Dr. Echols received the 2005 Ted Lafeber International Avian Practitioner of the Year award, the 2007 Texas Non-Traditional Species Veterinarian of the Year award, two 2017 Wellcome Images awards, the 2018 Distinguished Texas A&M Alumnus Award and he has had two original watercolor paintings (‘Two Collared Aracaris’ (pictured right) and ‘Archaeopteryx’) appear on the cover of the international Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery.  In 2017, Dr Echols was featured on NPR’s Science Friday in both video and audio formats and The Atlantic’s Quartz online publication.

Scott is an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, a past President for the Association for Avian Veterinarians, a frequent lecturer at multiple universities and conferences in the US and abroad, as well as author and filmmaker.

After completing a bird medicine and surgery residency with Dr Brian Speer at the Medical Center for Birds in Oakley, California, Scott became the Director of Avian Medical and Surgical Services at Westgate Pet and Bird Hospital.  Now, Dr. Echols lives with his family in Utah and works locally and worldwide. He most frequently works locally at Parrish Creek Veterinary Clinic in Centerville, Utah.

After graduating from his residency, Dr Echols added film to his efforts. Since then his film work has been centered on providing teaching videos to other veterinarians and bird owners. His focus on teaching foraging techniques to improve the lives of pet birds along with his short movie ‘Captive Foraging’ have gained him international attention.

Most recently, Scott and his mentor Brian Speer have developed a consultation and surgery business that provides veterinary bird care services throughout North America.  Dr. Echols is the director of the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project and also founded Scarlet Imaging which develops revolutionary contrast agents that are changing the scientific communities understanding of anatomy, disease and more in all animals including humans.

Scientific Research Supporting Use of Omega-Series Fatty Acids in Animals


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