Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Benefits of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids for Dogs

Omega-3’s are a term most people have heard. But what exactly does this term refer to? Since the answer to that question can have a significant impact on your dog, we want to go over everything you need to know about them. Fats can be divided into two categories, which are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Although fats often get portrayed as being all bad, that isn’t accurate. Polyunsaturated fats are responsible for feeding every cell in the body. This is true for both humans and dogs. It just so happens that omega-3 essential fatty acids fall into this important category. 

More Details About Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

An interesting fact about these fatty acids is while they’re essential for good health, the body isn’t able to produce them on its own. Getting ample amounts of omega-3’s is why some people choose to supplement their diet with fish oil. As a dog owner, you can help your pet get this important nutrient by choosing Pet Wants dog food. Every blend of our food contains omega-3.

In terms of the specific impact that omega-3’s have on a dog’s body, skin, eyes, heart, bladder, brain and joints are all examples of where they can reduce inflammation. While it’s important for dogs of all ages to get this nutrient, it’s especially vital for older dogs. Omega-3’s can be a critical source of relief for dogs with arthritis, those suffering from age related brain dysfunction, vision issues, heart disease and skin conditions.

What Are Omega-6’s?

Although omega-6’s don’t get as much attention, no discussion about omega-3’s would be complete without them. Omega-6’s come from animal fats and vegetable oils. Both nutrients are supposed to work together in a specific ratio. An optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is 5:1. When this ratio is right, it supports immune system, skin, coat, joint, heart and brain health. Unfortunately, many large commercial dog food brands rely too heavily on animal fats and vegetable oils. This results in a very unbalanced ratio between the omega-3’s and omega-6’s. So instead of supporting good health, these foods can end up creating chronic health problems.

If you want to ensure that you’re feeding your dog food that has the right amount of omega-3’s and other nutrients, we encourage you to take a look through our ingredients page. You can also get in touch with us about any questions by calling 832-786-8579.

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