Healthy fats are essential to our pet’s health and give them the energy they need to function optimally. Omega 3 and Omega 6 are the good, healthy fats that your pet needs in their diet, which is why you can find them listed in the key benefits on any bag or can of pet food.
Consuming these healthy “essential” fats will result in a healthier immune system, reduced inflammation, improved brain and heart health and skin/coat protection.
UNHEALTHY FATS VS ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Pizza crusts and chips are saturated in fat, but these are unhealthy fats and in no way beneficial to your pet’s health. In fact, while they may beg you for unhealthy foods, your dog or cat’s body actually craves the healthy fats found in foods such as salmon, flaxseed or eggs. These healthy fats are actually so important to all our systems that they have been labelled as “essential”.
While it might be understandable to think that omega 6’s have twice the importance or benefits of omega 3’s we’d just like to let you know that they should both be consumed together in the right proportion. This balance is very important or any health benefits can be negated.
SOURCES OF OMEGA 3 ACCEPTABLE FOR DOGS
- Chia seeds
SOURCES OF OMEGA 6 ACCEPTABLE FOR DOGS
- Oils from seeds and nuts
ADDING OMEGAS TO YOUR PET'S DIET
Real food is what gives your pet the omegas they need. It’s quite simple! You can add a few anchovies or some fish oil to their meal. As a treat give them a bite of your salmon or half an egg a couple of times a week.
Another way to provide these essential acids to their diet is through supplementation. This way you can ensure your pet is getting what they need at the right balance too! We recommend having a good chat with your vet about the best options for your dog or cat.
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DISCLAIMER: The advice given in this article is of a general nature. Pet Guardians Australia recommends a health check with your local vet at least once a year for advice pertaining to your pet's individual circumstances.