Omega-3's main effect is as an anti-inflammatory, helping with coat condition, skin condition, mobility and cardiac health.
All Fish4Dogs food and treats are high in the beneficial forms of Omega-3.
Not all Omega-3 is the same. It is the docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) forms – found mainly from marine sources, which are beneficial.
The alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) form of Omega-3 found in vegetable sources such as Flaxseed oil or Linseed oil must first be converted to EPA & DHA for it to benefit, and dogs lack the enzymes to do that efficiently; so marine sourced Omega-3 is what they need.
You also need to consider the ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3. We need both Omega-6 and Omega-3 but in the correct proportions. To put it in not particularly scientific terms, the Omega-6 excites the system and Omega-3 calms it back down – so we need the right balance. Fish4Dogs food and treats contain the correct ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6.
Omega-6 is commonly found in seeds, nuts and vegetables, so ensuring your dog has a good supply of marine sourced Omega-3 in their diet to help provide that balance in key.
Benefits for skin & coat
Most coat and skin conditions, whatever their cause, involve inflammation of the skin, so reducing that inflammation helps alleviate the symptoms for your dog.
Improve joint mobility
By reducing inflammation Omega-3 can help with mobility making tired, stiff and aching joints more supple.
Omega-3 is also highly concentrated in the brain and appears to be important for brain function, memory and behaviour in dogs