Most human patients have heard of the healthful qualities associated with essential fatty acids, but it’s less well known how they can impact the lives of pets.
Omega-3 fatty acids are good fats found in salmon, mackerel, herring, halibut sardines and other cold-water fish. They are referred to as “essential” because pets (like us) need them, but are unable to naturally produce them. Instead, through supplementation, omega-3 fatty acids benefit pets in various – and important – ways.
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) comprise omega-3 fatty acids. Famous for supporting a strong anti-inflammatory response, EPA and DHA help build and maintain healthy cell membranes. As a result, essential fatty acids can be relied on to treat and support the following health conditions:
- Skin conditions
- Autoimmune issues
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Cognitive Dysfunction
A Healthy Diet
Many high-value commercial pet foods do contain some level of essential fatty acids. However, omega-3 fatty acids benefit pets via top-quality supplements. Please be cautious of products that do not source pure, high-quality essential fatty acids, and call us with any questions about guaranteed analysis. Depending on your pet’s health conditions, we can help you find the most effective supplement for them.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Benefit Pets
Provided you stay on course for the recommended dose, your pet cannot have “too much” omega-3 fatty acids. However, supplements do add calories. If your pet is at risk of being overweight or obese, be sure to adjust their food portions to leave room for omega-3s.
Likewise, higher doses of fatty acids can irritate the pancreas. Be sure to let us know if you notice any changes in your pet’s behavior. Too much fish oil can cause diarrhea, issues with blood clotting, weight gain, and negative effects on the immune system.
A Long, Healthy Life
Omega-3 fatty acids benefit pets in so many ways, but it’s important to seek veterinary advice prior to changing a pet’s diet or medication. Developing a treatment plan is crucial to long term health, and our veterinarians and staff members are committed to helping your pet live their longest, healthiest life.