What is Omega-3
Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that possesses double carbon bonds within the carbon chain. It’s opposing fatty acid is omega-6, it is important for your pet to have a balance of both fatty acids for optimal health.
As your pet cannot manufacture Omega-3 and Omega-6 themselves, they often have a dietary deficiency in these fatty acids.
Why Does Your Pet Need Omega-3?
Just like us, your pet needs to have the right balance of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Omega-3 fatty acids are the building blocks of good nutrition to balance out the omega-6 fatty acids that can accumulate in your pet’s system from the consumption of commercial pet food or fresh meat. Without supplementing Omega-3, your pet can easily fall out of balance.
The right balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 is essential for your pet to be healthy as neither can function optimally without the other. When any of it is missing, it can compromise your pet’s immune system and endanger its health.
Benefits of Omega 3 supplements:
Itch and inflammation Relief
Cats and Dogs often have sensitive skin, excessive licking, itching and scratching can cause skin irritation and rawness. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the inflammatory response to cats/dogs, which reduces symptoms such as itching, biting and chewing.
Another visible benefit of Omega-3 is a healthy and shiny coat. Omega-3 strengthens your pet’s fur, reduces shedding, reduces dryness and dandruff.
Immune System Boost
Omega-3 fatty acids also improves the immune system of cats/dogs allowing your pet to fight of minor diseases and viruses.
Joint Pain Management
Omega-3 fatty acids can help improve your pet’s range of motion as well as boost his energy levels. This is all due to the powerful anti-inflammatory effects that omega-3 fatty acids provide. Giving your pet a regular dose of omega-3 will ensure you pet is healthy, spry and agile.
How Do Pets get Omega-3
Many processed pet foods today are deficient in this important nutrient. Omega-3 can be obtained separately from various marine sources as well as plants. Flaxseed oil, canola oil, soybean oil and walnut oil are common sources that provide omega-3.