5 Benefits Of Feeding Plant Based Omega 3 Oil to Dogs
Omega 3 For Better Overall Canine Health
Your dog cannot make it’s own Omega 3 and must source it in the diet. Linseed Oil is a fantastic plant based Omega 3 source. It is extremely healthy because it is loaded with essential fatty acids like Omega 3. The Omega 3 form is known as alpha linolenic acid, or ALA.
Omega 3 is highly unstable when exposed to heat, light or oxygen. Choose a high quality, stabilised, cold pressed linseed oil to ensure the many Omega benefits.
Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that has been shown to be an important factor in the good health of a dog and animals in general. Omega 3 contributes to cell function, cell membrane structure, immune function, the health of your dog’s skin and coat, normal reproduction, and even the growth of your dog.
Omega 3 To Omega 6 Ratio Balance
To ensure full health benefits, it is important to have Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids consumed by your dog in the proper ratios they require.
All vegetable oils contain high amounts of Omega 6 and low amounts of Omega 3, which can promote inflammation within the body. Linseed Oil naturally contains high amounts of Omega 3 and low amounts Omega 6.
Research in canine health shows that autoimmune, allergic, or inflammatory health conditions may benefit from increasing Omega 3 fatty acid levels.
Helps Support a Healthy Coat and Skin
One of the first signs of insufficient nutrition in your dog is dryness or dull coat/skin condition.
Hair can appear dull and dry, look wiry, and even develop dandruff. Skin that is dry and irritated, is prone to potential infection and fleas.
When your dog’s natural coat oils get depleted, the lipid barriers of a dog’s skin are reduced, and they may run a higher risk of developing skin conditions, especially if they are scratching excessively.
Supplementing with plant based Omega 3 daily, can help with conditions related to the health of your dog’s coat and skin.
Flaxseed Helps Support Healthy Joints
The same anti-inflammatory properties of essential Omega 3 fatty acids that aid your dog fighting off skin irritants, can also help your dog’s joints and range of mobility, especially in dog’s that suffer from conditions like canine arthritis.
This means that a daily consumption of plant based Omega 3 oils can provide your dog with relief when it comes to occasional or minor joint problems, as well as help to improve their ability to get around.
Sustainable Alternative To Fish Oil
Fish Oil is killing the ocean. Nearly all fish oils are made from fish that are vacuumed up from the oceans. These fish are caught by accident in nets and a by-product of fisheries known as by-catch.
Fats stored in fish are nicely loaded with Omegas, BUT fat is also where toxins are stored. Our oceans are becoming more and more polluted. Heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury are a by-product of our industrial lifestyle. They aren’t easily broken down, and they end up in the environment at low levels, especially in fish and fish oil.
Dogs are able to utilise ALA Omega 3 which is converted to EPA and DHA. By providing the end products (EPA & DHA) in Fish Oil, they may limit this natural physiology of converting.
Additionally high Omega 6 sources in the diet can lower this conversion.
Microbiome health is important for full benefits. This is due to their gut bacteria producing metabolites that stimulate the conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA.