The Benefits of Omega-3 In Your Dog’s Food

Dog Food

August 01, 2017

The Benefits of Omega-3 In Your Dog’s Food

Omega-3 is a powerhouse full of health benefits for humans and dogs alike. These fatty acids can help to alleviate things such as: allergies, problematic skin conditions, heart disease and arthritis. It can also support important organ functions like the liver and brain.

Omega fatty acids are called “essential fatty acids.” This is because the human and dog bodies cannot produce them alone, and they have to be consumed through supplements or foods that contain them. These sources can include fish oil, flax, chia, pumpkin and hemp seed and canola oil.

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How Omega-3 Can Help Your Dog

  1. If your pup suffers from allergies, Omega-3 can help soothe their skin and alleviate their allergy symptoms. It’s especially effective in helping dogs with itchy skin and scratching problems.
  2. Adding Omega fatty acids to your dog’s diet can also result in a shiny, full coat. Fatty acids help to eliminate dry skin and dandruff, which is commonly associated with allergies.
  3. Omega-3 is also powerful when it comes to fighting inflammation. Conditions such as arthritis, and inflammatory bowl disease.
  4. Omega-3 can prevent auto immune disease such as lupus and hypothyroidism.
  5. Fatty acids can help in improving cognitive function by supporting memory and even treating depression.

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Ways You Can Include Omega-3 In Your Dog’s Diet

If you buy kibble, check the back label for Omega 3 and Omega 6 listed. Check to see if fish oil or fishmeal is listed as an ingredient. If the food has salmon, trout or meal variations of fish, it has Omega 3.

You can also add fish oil, hemp oil or flaxseed oil to your dog’s food. The recommended dose of Omega 3 is different for pups depending on their weight so always check to see if they are receiving the right dosage to avoid indigestion.