Most Omega-3 supplements come as skin and coat supplements for your pet. These supplements contain a combination of fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Often these supplements are given to pets to help treat skin or coat disorders, inflammation, itching, allergies or shedding.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids (EFAs) as you and your pet, can’t live without them! They are critical for cellular function and can only be obtained through your pet’s diet. These EFAs help distribute oxygen to the blood stream, improve skin texture, coat cell membranes, relieves inflammation, and helps reduce allergy responses.
Omega-3 fatty acids include:
- Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
EPA and DHA are found primarily in cold-water fish such as salmon, mackerel, halibut and herring, and fish oil supplements. ALA is found in dark, leafy greens, and in soybeans, walnuts, flaxseeds and their oils, as well as canola oil (Holistic Pet).
Many pet foods only contain a minimum of EFA, which isn’t enough to support good health in most pets. By supplementing your pet’s low-fat diet with Omega-3 supplements, you can assure that your pet gets the best nutrition for a healthy skin and coat. With the addition of Omega-3 supplements, you can see results in your pet as early as 2-3 weeks, but it will take longer (about 10-12 weeks) to see optimum results.