Although most quality pet foods should include all the daily fat and other nutrients required for optimal health, the inclusion of omega-3 supplements can have many benefits for your pet. Omega-3 aids in the reduction of inflammation, therefore pain and supports the development and growth of nerve cells. This is why supplementing puppies and kittens with omega-3, will provide with the optimal support for prime development.
Scientific studies researching the effects of omega3 fish oil on cats and dogs have been undertaken, showing some short term relief in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis and positive results in pets suffering from; allergies, inflamed bowel disease, cognitive issues, dry/flaky skin, stiff joints, dry coats, old age and poor health of nails.
Conditioned Skin and Less Shedding/Dandruff
Pets living in semi-arid climates or areas with cold/dry winters, are particularly susceptible to dry skin and dry coats. Hydrated skin may help your pets coat to shed less, thus making your home furnishings and any allergy sufferers a lot happier! Omega-3 will help to restore moisture to parched skin and help reduce the shed cycle.
A Shinier Coat
Alongside keeping your pets skin conditioned and the hair on its back, omega-3 will help to improve the luster of his coat. A shiny coat is the sign of optimal health and if your pet lacks this, they may be needing omega-3 in their diet.
Less Ear Infections
If you’re pet falls ill to ear infections regularly, omega-3 could help reduce this as it improves the skins barriers and reduces inflammation, which will help inhibit infections from forming. If an infection does arise, omega-3 may help reduce the symptoms and calm any pain down.
Omega-3 supplementation can have immune boosting benefits helping to protect your pet from; lupus, mange, hypothyroidism and rheumatoid arthritis. Due to its inflammation fighting properties, omega-3 will support your dog’s immune system when fighting infection.
Just like in humans, if your pet has dry, weak nails, this could mean he has a deficiency of some kind or an autoimmune disease. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to improve skin, hair and nails and aid in the treatment of autoimmune diseases like Lupoid onychodystrophy.
Improved Mental Health and Weight Loss
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to aid weight loss in overweight dogs, by raising heart healthy cholesterol and reducing bad cholesterol. The DHA in omega-3 is thought to help puppies learn more efficiently and a study has shown that it may limit aggression in some dogs.