Fish oil supplements are an ideal complement to your pet’s diet because they supply omega-3 fatty acids, which your dog or cat’s body cannot sufficiently produce on its own.
What are essential fatty acids?
EFA’s are long molecules that are used in the construction of the walls of our cells, known as the cell membranes. The cell membranes are critical for both nutritional processes and the excretion of toxic waste products. Without EFA’s, the body cannot make or repair cell membranes correctly. EFA’s also regulate bodily functions such as blood pressure, clotting, fertility, heart rate and immunity. For these reasons, they are often referred to as “good fats”.
Below are 5 reasons why you want to give your pets essential fatty acids:
Your Pet Will Burn Fat More Efficiently – The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements help improve the metabolism of a dog and cat’s body in a natural way and cause body fat to burn more quickly.
Healthy Skin and Coat – The benefits of omega-3s in fish oil supplements for skin health are well documented.
It can help your pet’s overall skin and coat health, reduce excessive shedding and help with allergy-related skin problems.
Reduce Inflammation – Because of the anti-inflammatory properties of EPA from fish oil supplements, the discomfort in your pet’s joints and muscles may actually decrease. What you will notice is that over time, fish oil supplements can help decrease stiffness and help your pet be more active and enjoy walks and games with you.
Slow the Growth of Some Common Yeast Infections – Essential fatty acids do not encourage yeast growth and may stop the growth of pathogens linked to yeast growth.
Kidney Failure/Disease – Omega-3 fatty acids can increase beneficial (anti-inflammatory) prostaglandins; these prostaglandins can reduce inflammation in the kidney and improve blood flow to the kidneys (a vasodilatory effect). Since omega-3 fatty acids can also lower blood cholesterol and triglycerides, this effect can also benefit pets with kidney disease as dogs and cats with induced kidney disease have elevated levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides. It has been found that pets given Omegas will live longer than those who are not given Omegas.
Selecting your Omegas:
What’s even more important is your selection of Omegas before you start giving your pet essential fatty acids.
Unfortunately, our waterways and oceans are polluted and the fish that live in them are increasingly contaminated with methyl mercury, PCBs, arsenic, DDT and other heavy metals. Because the majority of fish in our oceans are contaminated, it stands to reason that oil from the fish are subject to the same contaminants.
The good news is that high-quality fish oil is processed several times to concentrate and purify the oil so that it is safe and effective.
You don’t want to, unknowingly, add to your pet’s toxic load when you are trying to do something that will benefit your pet. So if you are looking for a fish oil supplement, ask if the oil is tested for quality, purity and concentration.
If you need suggestions for the fish oil for your pets, please feel free to reach out to me.