Omega-3s good for people, and probably good for pets

A mounting body of evidence suggests that fish oil (which contains omega-3 fatty acids) has numerous health benefits for people. And an article in the...
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on email
Email

A mounting body of evidence suggests that fish oil (which contains omega-3 fatty acids) has numerous health benefits for people. And an article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) suggests that fish oil and omega-3s may be good for pets, too.

Research suggests that omega-3s may: help to support the kidneys and heart, enhance skin and coat quality, reduce symptoms of allergies, reduce the prevalence of auto-immune disease, prevent and treat arthritis, and support neurological development of juvenile animals. Other sources suggest that omega-3s may help to prevent cancer.

Before you dash to the store to buy omega-3s for your pet, I should point out that the key word in the above paragraph is may. More research is necessary to determine optimum doses and blends of omega-3s.

Talk to your vet before supplementing your pets diet with fish oil, and be sure to use a product designed for cats or dogs. And remember, fish oil is oil, and oil can be fattening. In this case, too much of a good thing could contribute to a weight problem.

For reference, the paper cited in this post is J Am Vet Med Assoc 2007;231:1657-1661

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Shopping Cart