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.
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.