Omega-3 Fatty Acids: The Good Guys

December 3, 2013

We humans are mentally programmed to believe that fats are bad – both for us and our pets.  But not all fats are bad.   Omega-3 fats are the good guys, and our pets need them just as much as we do.

Omega-3s help reduce the inflammation of arthritis and improve an animal’s immune system response.  They have also been found to improve ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease.  Other research indicates Omega-3 fats may prevent heart problems, high blood pressure, and lower triglyceride levels in pets.  Scientists are current researching the potential of Omega-3s to slow the development and spread of certain animal cancers.

A Canadian study conducted at the University of Montreal’s Department of Veterinary Biomedicine determined that the dogs fed a commercial diet containing Omega-3 fatty acids sourced from fish oil scored higher on both gait and activity than the dogs fed a diet without them.

Omega-3s also play a role in improving the skin and fur of pets and slows the growth of yeast infections.

A deficiency of Omega-3 fats in your pet’s diet can cause stunted growth, vision loss, muscle weakness, and immune system dysfunction.

Many commercial dog foods contain adequate amounts of these fats, but such fats can be damaged by heat.  There is no way to be sure that the Omega-3 fats in kibble or canned pet food weren’t compromised in the manufacturing process.
Natural sources of Omega-3 fatty acids include Atlantic Mackeral or Herring, salmon, canned sardines, tuna, trout, cod liver, Menhaden fish, flax seed, and walnuts.
To be certain your pet receives enough of this important fat, consider adding a supplement to its food that contains exactly what your dog needs to thrive.

(healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/04/12omega-3-fatty-acids.aspx)

Omega-3 fats have the potential to positively impact your pet’s health.  Talk to your veterinarian to determine if your dog needs this supplement added to its diet.

 

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