Well, our mothers were right when they said that it’s important to take your fish oils, because they are good for you from the inside out. You hear Dr. Oz talk about it all the time. But, why is fish oil so important for humans and our dogs?
Well, fish oil has the polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6. Salmon oil in particular, is very high in Omega-3 fatty acids. The polyunsaturated fats that are thought to be especially beneficial for your heart. They are touted for helping improve blood cholesterol levels by lowering LDL – the “bad” cholesterol, which may decrease the risk of heart disease, help lower blood pressure levels and reduce inflammation.
These Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s are essential fatty acids that means our bodies need them to function. However, we can’t make Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids on our own; we must get them from the food we eat. Unfortunately, most of us don’t eat enough fish, or the fish we’re eating may not be great sources of these necessary fats.
Plant-based sources of Omega-3s, like walnuts, flax seeds and chia seeds, are great sources of one type of omega-3 – EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid), but not the other, DHA (Docosahexaeonoic acid). You need to eat good sources of fish like wild salmon, trout, sardines, anchovies, herring and mackerel, or algae…as in sushi, or take supplements in order to get the DHA you need. Omega-3s have been found to be very beneficial for many different conditions for humans.
Most of the health benefits of Omega-3 and Omega-6 are also beneficial for our pets.
As dogs age, they face an increased risk of heart problems, stiffening joints, and loss of energy and stamina. These health risks may be reduced by a diet supplemented with readily accessible long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids.
Like with humans, essential fatty acids are critically important to your pet’s overall health and vitality. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are called “essential fatty acids” because they provide essential nutrients for your pet’s overall health, but can’t be made by your pet’s body and therefore must be supplied by their diet. These fatty acids help the entire body, working on the cellular level from the inside out. The most important of these fatty acids for pets, are the long chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, found in cold-water fish oils. These have a much higher bioavailability than Omega-3 fatty acids from plant sources.
In a typical dog’s diet today, the ratio is about 1:40 (one Omega-3 fatty acid to 40 Omega-6 fatty acids), which is actually a pro-inflammatory diet. By adding pawTree Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil to your dog’s diet, you increase the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids achieving a preferred 10:1 ratio of over 15 heart-healthy Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Think about it, we often see poor quality, itchy coats in our pets today. One of the reasons is that our pets are not getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids. By increasing the amount of Omega-3’s in their diet, and giving them the proper ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6’s (10:1), you’ll see an improvement in the health of their skin, the largest organ in our pet’s body, and a huge improvement in the quality of their coat. The results…less itching, less shedding and a lustrous, huggable coat.
Not all salmon oils are the same
Salmon oil is probably the most important supplement you can add to your dog’s diet, because the Omega-3 fatty acids provide widespread benefits. By increasing the amount of good oils in your dog’s diet, you’re supporting overall optimum health and vitality for your dog.