Omega 3 Fatty Acids For Dogs

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By Hungry Bark | September 14, 2020

Most of us know that omega-3 fatty acids are good for us but are omega 3 fatty acids beneficial for dogs as well? The science is pretty clear. The answer is yes!

What are omega 3 fatty acids?

According to Harvard Medical Journal, omega 3 fats “are a key family of polyunsaturated fats.” That’s short and to the point, but what is an unsaturated fat?

An unsaturated fat is a type of loosely packed fat that can help to maintain the health and longevity of your cells. Unsaturated fats are typically liquid at room temperature and considered to be the healthy fats.

So omega 3 fatty acids are simply a special type of unsaturated fat, like a molecular subcategory. It can get even more specific and those omega fatty acids can be broken down into sub-subcategories like omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9 fatty acids. These number groups only denote how far from the end of the bond an omega pair is located.

What are the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids for dogs?

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for dogs to consume in their diets because dogs cannot make these fats themselves. Deficiencies can absolutely develop in dogs who do not get enough omega 3 fats.

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Having enough omega 3 fatty acids in their diet can have several positive health effects including:

  • Reduced inflammation
  • Healthier skin and coat
  • Less allergic reactions
  • Better immune system
  • Improved liver function

Reduce Inflammation

Omega 3s reduce inflammation by supplementing with the cells at their source. These fats support cell membranes and stronger cell membranes means less chance of inflammation (reference). Inflammation is behind many common diseases and often presents itself in allergic reactions and skin irritations. That means that omega 3s help to alleviate allergies and skin irritations caused by inflammation.

Additionally, their immune function can improve when inflammation is down as the immune system is able to rest and recover more regularly. Overactive immune systems will weaken over time because a body cannot maintain a constant level of high immune response.

What are healthy sources of omega 3 for dogs?

It’s obvious that we want to make sure this superfood powerhouse is added to your dog’s regimen, but how do we do that?

There are several healthy sources of omega 3 fatty acids for dogs including some plant sources like walnuts but the safest, cheapest, most effective and most readily available source is fish. Small, salt water fish, to be exact, are particularly high in omega 3 fatty acids.

The most popular and omega 3-rich fish to add to your dog’s regimen are:

  • Menhaden
  • Anchovies
  • Sardines
  • Herring
  • Salmon

Fish Oil Omega 3 for Dogs

Most commonly, giving your dog a fish oil supplement is the perfect way to give them the omega 3 boost that they need. If dosing directly via fish oil or fish oil supplements, be sure to read dosing instructions carefully and always consult your veterinarian before administering new supplements.

If you’d rather skip the measuring and calculation altogether, Hungry Bark offers several great fish oil infused products. These products have been veterinarian approved and properly sourced to ensure your pup is getting the absolute best of the best.

All Hungry Bark recipes feature Menhaden Fish Oil. And on top of that, all Hungry Bark supplement chews contain fish oil from small fish sources like Herring, Mackerel, or Sardine.

That’s how much Hungry Bark believes in the power of omega 3’s!

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