Benefits of fish oil in pet foods

As a pet parent who cares very much about their furry friend, you want the very best for your pet. And while we all know the basics of animal dietary requirements, do you also know all the great ways fish oil can benefit your pet?

Fish oil is not only an important supplement in your diet, but it’s also very beneficial for your pet as well. Mostly taken from mullet, tuna, salmon and anchovies, it is an excellent source of omega fatty acids containing docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

Dogs don’t naturally produce fatty acids on their own, which is why they should be added as a nutritional supplement in their foods. Read on to know more about why dogs and cats require fish oils in their food.

 

Cognitive Functions

Fish oils naturally help to boost brain activity, and for dogs especially it can be an important dietary additive. Canine Cognitive Dysfunction is a disease that can occur in a dog’s advanced years which resembles Alzheimer’s. Regular doses of DHA from fish oil can improve cognitive activity for dogs.

 

Arthritis Relief

Fish oils act as anti-inflammatories for older pets affected by arthritis. A study of 127 dogs over 60 days while feeding them their recommended dosage of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. These dogs exhibited improved abilities to walk, play and rest comfortably.

 

Skin Condition Treatment

The anti-inflammatory properties of fish oils also make it very effective at reducing the effects of allergic skin reactions and skin diseases. Another study using fish oil supplements on dogs with various skin conditions exhibited clear improvements like reduced itching and softer, shinier coats. While it’s not a cure or a treatment for such conditions, Omega fatty acids can greatly offer some respite while enhancing the effects of medications prescribed for skin issues.

 

Weight Management

Dogs and cats that receive regular doses of fish oil may maintain healthier overall weights than dogs who do not include this supplement in their diet.

 

Natural Kidney Disease Treatment

Fish oil is frequently recommended to fight symptoms related to kidney disease like excessive protein loss. Based on findings from Pet Health Network and The Department of Internal Medicines, fish oil can have a protective effect on kidneys against acute injury. In fact, omega fatty acids from deep-water or cold-water fish helps treat compromised kidney function.

 

Many pet foods contain Omega fatty acids from fish oil as a dietary supplement, however if you want to add an extra dose of fish oils, speak to your vet before doing so.

 

We hope you’ve found this helpful, and if you’re interested in more information about adding fish oil to your pet’s diet, feel free to drop us a line!

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