Omega-3 Benefits for Cats and Dogs

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Do my cats and dogs need Omega-3 too?

We all know that Omega-3 essential fatty acids are good for us but what do they actually do for our four legged friends? There are 3 main Omega-3 fatty acids: DHA, EPA and ALA. DHA or Docosahexaenoic Acid is found in every cell in the body and promotes brain and vision health. EPA or Eicosapentaenoic Acid and is important for overall health. ALA or Alpha-linolenic Acid is a source of energy and is the building block for DHA and EPA. Here is a list of reasons to incorporate more fatty acids into your pet’s diet.

1. Omega-3’s can help Mental Disorders like Depression and Anxiety

Dogs and cats can suffer from anxiety and depression too. Pets and humans that consume Omega 3‘s are less likely to become depressed due to the EPA content of these fatty acids.

2. Omega-3’s improve overall Eye Health

There are 3 types of fatty acids in Omega-3; DHA, EPA and ALA. All 3 of these are a major component of eye and brain health. If you or your pet do not get enough DHA, it can lead to early vision problems and Alzheimer’s.

3. Omega-3’s are good for Heart Health

Omega-3 reduces high cholesterol, blood clots and high blood pressure. By doing so, the risk of heart attacks and other heart related diseases decreases greatly. This can also reduce the risk of strokes as well.

4. Omega-3’s reduce inflammation in joints and improve bone health

As pets age, so do their joints causing them to develop arthritis or osteoporosis. With omega-3’s, the body can naturally relieve pain in joints. The best foods for joint health are salmon, herring, anchovies and sardines.

5. Omega-3’s are important for skin and coat health

DHA is found in cell membranes and skin cells. It can help reduce wrinkles and keep skin soft and moisturized by managing hydration of the skin. In addition, Omega-3’s can also protect skin from sun damage.

How do I make sure my pet is getting enough essential fatty acids?

Most pet foods on the market do not contain a sufficient amount of essential fatty acids for your pet’s optimal health. Dr. Maggie Skin & Coat contains anchovy fish oil, flax, and olive oil; all of which are high in Omega 3’s. Each teaspoon contains 1050mg. Check out our easy dosing chart below to determine your cat or dogs needs. Dr. Maggie Skin & Coat has a delicious smoked salmon flavour that cats and dogs love!

Dr. Maggie skin & coat dosing and ingredients list with omega-3 fatty acids

She has been with NaturPet since February 2017 and has her Pet First Aid. Using her knowledge of pet health, she has created social media posts and blogs on the subject. Her free time is spent volunteering with Okanagan Small Dog Rescue, having a nice cold beer with her Fiancé and hanging out with her friends and family and her new puppy, Bandito.

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