Yes, dogs need omega 3
Fish oil is one of the healthiest things we can add to their diet. It improves your dog’s heart health, encourages a silky coat, decreases scaly skin, and can reduce allergies symptoms as well as joint pain. It is also know to increase their immunity and prevent developing canine cancer.
There’s more to fish oil than just Omega 3. Omega 3 is a short chain fatty acid that is part of a long strain of fatty acids that are produced by the fish’s fat and tissues. The more common fatty acids within the long chain are Omega’s 3, 6, and 9. Within the Omega 3 chain of acids are EPA, and DHA, these are most abundant in salmon, mackerel and trout, and shellfish, such as mussels, oysters and crabs and are best known for their health benefits.
However, there at least eight other fatty acids have been discovered and they all have benefits to our health in conjunction with the short chain Omega 3 6 and 9. For example some of these can support symptoms of depression, reduces frequency of hot flashes. They assist in brain support: lower aggressiveness, supports conditions of schizophrenia, personality disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
• hexadecatrienoic acid (HTA)
• stearidonic acid (SDA)
• eicosatrienoic acid (ETE)
• eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA)
• heneicosapentaenoic acid (HPA)
• docosapentaenoic acid (DPA
)• tetracosapentaenoic acid
• tetracosahexaenoic acid
When buying fish oil and it says omega 3. What that means is that during the processing of the fish oil they are able to isolate that strain and increased its potency. But you are then missing all the benefits of the other strains that complement each other within the fish oil. New Chapter is a brand known for selling “whole fish Oil” the long chain of fatty acids, benefits heart, brain, eyes and joints.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also known as DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). These are the most studied source of omega 3 for health benefits. Known to improves a dog’s heart, skeleton, skin and coat, supports the immune system, and can reduce inflammatory reaction that can cause your pup’s itching and biting. In addition, many dogs can benefit from its ability to reduce inflammation do to arthritis. So is fish oil necessary for your dogs diet? Heck Ya!!!
I’m positing New Chapters label just as a reference of understanding the chains of fatty acid and not necessarily as a recommendation.