We have all heard about how beneficial Omega Oils are for us as humans, and that we should all be regularly eating oily fish and/or taking fish oil or krill oil supplements for ideal health and wellbeing. But what about our pets? Can Omega Oil supplementation be beneficial to them too?
What Are Omega Oils?
Omegas 3, 6, and 9 are important dietary fats, and each has its own specific health benefits. It’s very important for your health and wellbeing that you get the right balance of these.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids – are polyunsaturated fats, which the body can’t make itself. They must be derived from the diet. Oily fish is the main dietary source of Omega-3s. Omega-3s are important for supporting mental health, maintaining heart health, reducing waist size and weight, fighting inflammation, reducing liver fat, promoting bone health, preventing asthma, and preventing dementia. Deficiency contributes to diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Human should eat oily fish, flaxseed oil, chia and walnuts.
Omega-6 Fatty Acids – are also polyunsaturated fatty acids, and they are primarily important for energy. They do cause inflammation in large amounts, and the Western diet contains too many Omega-6s and too few Omega-3s. Omega-6 is important in symptom relief for rheumatoid arthritis, reduction of body mass, and increasing the effectiveness of certain drugs used to treat breast cancer. Humans should eat almonds, cashews, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.
Omega-9 Fatty Acids – are monounsaturated. They can be produced by the body and are the most abundant types of fats in the cells of the human body. Diets high in Omega-9s can reduce triglyceride levels in the blood as well as LDL (“bad”)cholesterol levels. It can improve sensitivity to insulin and reduce inflammation. Humans should consume oils and nuts of olives, avocado, almond, cashew, peanuts, and walnuts.
Omega Oils and Your Dog
Omega Oils offer widespread benefits to your pet, including dogs.
Omegas 3,6, and 9 can:
- Boost immunity
- Lower blood pressure
- Regulate blood clotting
- Support heart and brain health
- Reduce inflammation – improving allergies, arthritis, and auto-immune disease
- Improve itchy dry skin conditions
- Promote a healthy coat
Due to the fact that Omegas 3,6, and 9 offer such health benefits, many pet foods have added Omega Oils added; this is noted on the label. Omegas are also found naturally in oily fish, olive oil, and flaxseed oil.
If your pet has issues such as arthritis, skin disorders, or coat issues, he or she may require Omega Oil supplementation to the diet. These supplements range from powders to chews, topical treatments, and oils. Your vet can recommend a broad-spectrum supplement that incorporates all of the Omegas required by your pet and best suits their individual needs.
Discuss your pet’s Omega requirements with your vet for advice and guidance. Remember, a healthy pet is a happy pet!