Salmon oil is high in Omega 3 fatty acids. Two of these fats are called DHA and EPA, and they are crucial to your health and that of your dog. Like humans, a dogs body cannot make DHA, but it is found naturally in human and canine breast milk. It is even re-created in laboratories and is used in many baby milk formulas. Adding Salmon oil to your dogs diet is an easy way to make sure your pooch is getting essential fatty acids needed as part of a balanced diet.
Omega oils are essential for skin and coat quality, cardiovascular/ heart health, immune response, cognitive/ brain function and joint function/ mobility.
The Benefits of Supplementing EPA and DHA for Dogs
- Reduce inflammation caused by inflammatory diseases such as osteoarthritis or inflammatory bowel disease – It has been shown fish oils higher in DHA than EPA can reduce inflammatory cytokines, protein molecules that are responsible for causing inflammatory responses (pain, swelling, soreness, etc.)
- Improve cognitive function – DHA is a primary structural component of the brain and multiple studies in humans have trialled DHA for controlling attention deficit. Results have been a mix of positive and negative however.
- Reduce dermatitis and allergies, improving coat health – Omega-3 essential fatty acids can alleviate the inflammation of the skin (Dermatitis) caused by allergies, fleas, scratching, etc. as well as improve the ‘shine’ of the coat, leading to an overall healthier looking coat.
- Healthy cardiovascular system – Omega-3 essential fatty acids can reduce cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) levels in the blood, which can help promote a healthy heart.
- Slow cancer growth and improve response to treatment – One study in humans found DHA was able to inhibit the growth colonial cancer cells, EPA and DHA have also both been shown to improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Trials into the effect of omega-3 essential fatty acids on cancer are still relatively new however.