The ravages of time spare no man- and unfortunately no dog either. As we both age, Doctors and Vets alike recommend an increased daily dose of Omega-3’s,
but how it’s being taken can be just as important as how much. Research has shown that Omega-3’s from a fish based source can have added benefits above and beyond those of a flax oil base.
Also known as essential fatty acids, Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s are an important part of a dog’s diet because their bodies simply can’t produce them. Necessary for normal growth and functioning of cells, muscles, and organs, deficiencies of essential fatty acids have been linked to a wide variety of health problems, including but not limited to - heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
One of the biggest benefits of fish based Omega-3’s for dogs can be in the prevention and management of arthritis. As dogs age and the collagen in their cartilage starts to degrade, we start to notice those telltale signs of arthritis slowly creeping it’s way in. Sometimes it’s just that they’re a little slow to climb out of bed in the morning or maybe you’ve even noticed swollen joints or a limp. Arthritis in dogs can cause real pain, but providing a consistent source of fish based Omega-3’s can help to treat the symptoms and possibly even prevent or delay the onset.
And the benefits don’t stop there, a steady source of Omega-3’s in your pet's diet can also have other health benefits like-
Improving the health of your pet’s skin and coat. Poor skin condition puts your dog or cat at risk for itching, irritation, skin allergies and bacterial infections.
Preventing certain heart problems in your pet.
Maintaining healthy blood pressure and decreasing triglyceride and blood cholesterol levels.
Regulating blood-clotting activity.
Slowing the growth of common yeast infections in dogs and cats.
Alleviating the harmful effects of allergies and other conditions that result from an over reactive immune system response.
Slowing the development and spread of certain pet cancers.
Here at Soul’y Raw we like to stick to whole food sources for all our nutritional supplements and when it comes to Omega-3’s, we include wild, ocean caught sardines and anchovies in every raw blend. We also offer a High 5 Omega-3 blend with a variety of wild, ocean caught fish: Whitefish, Salmon, Sardines, Anchovies & Mackerel- and be sure to check out our air-dried New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels.
Sources: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111017111600.htm http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/omega-3-fats-arthritis/ http://www.oarsijournal.com/article/S1063-4584%2811%2900164-6/abstract http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/04/12/omega-3-fatty-acids.aspx