These days most everyone has heard about omegas even if they aren’t quite sure what they are. When most people think of these fatty acids the first one that comes to mind is usually Omega 3’s but there's also Omega 6 & 9.
These days most everyone has heard about omegas even if they aren’t quite sure what they are. When most people think of these fatty acids the first one that comes to mind is usually Omega 3’s but there's also Omega 6 & 9. Omega 3,6, and 9 are all essential to your pets well being and are naturally occurring in many oils and foods, each one unique in its own way.
So what are omegas? Omegas are dietary fats that help the body to function properly. Omega 3’s and 6’s are both polyunsaturated fatty acids while Omega 9’s are known as monounsaturated fats, all being healthy fats that are good and essential for cell growth and brain function. There are many different sources for these fatty acids with benefits in abundance. Omega 3’s are the key to building strong cell walls throughout the body in both animals and humans. Omega 3’s have even been known to improve heart health by increasing HDL levels, the good cholesterol and lowering triglycerides and blood pressure which in turn prevents plaque from building up in the heart which prevents heart disease. These fatty acids are also excellent anti inflammatories and support liver health. The most known Omega 3’s are EPA and DHA which are commonly found in fish oils and flaxseed oil. DHA is incredibly important to both the cells of the eyes and brain. Omega 6’s are what some say are essential to the immune system. They also help energy levels and are similarly useful for inflammatory issues just like Omega 3’s. Omega 6’s also helps to benefit the lungs and endocrine system. Coconut oil is usually a great source of this and will also help with any yeast or fungal infections. Lastly we have Omega 9’s. This omega is commonly found in plant oils and animal fat. Omega 9’s like the other omegas are of course great for swelling and soreness. Omega 9’s reduce plasma triglycerides, aids in insulin issues and cardiovascular health. Using oils or foods rich in omega 9’s helps oxygen absorption and releases toxins more efficiently. Most of our dog foods add in extra Omega 3’s and 6’s but not 9’s because it is said that in eating a good diet animals can construct these fats from unsaturated fats. Omega-9 fatty acids are often not considered essential because they can be produced in the body and consumed through a normal healthy diet so additional supplements aren't always needed. Omegas 3, 6, and 9 are dietary fats that work together, giving your pets a balance which is important for their bodies to function properly.
Now that we know what omegas are we must also understand that not all oils or supplements are equal in quality. The quality of the oil or supplement is one of the most important things when adding to your pets diet because if the quality isn’t what it should be then you’re simply just wasting your money. When you’re feeding your pets good quality food they are also getting good oils that are already in the food. When these foods use good oils and ingredients your pet is able to absorb the oils and nutrients more readily. Adding additional oils to their diet will give your pets a boost and help in areas they might be lacking. As long as you continue to give your pets diet a constant rotation they will receive the most they can from it. Every animal is different and the nutrients they need and absorb are different too so rotation is key. Now for omegas to work at their absolute best it's important to utilize Omegas 3, 6, and 9 together to ensure they work sufficiently and are properly absorbed. Having this balance between your omegas means your pet's system will be getting the most they can from them with the most benefits as well.
Omegas are a great supplement to add to any pet's diet. Its benefits are almost like a reward to the body. Whether you have a pet struggling with joint pain or other issues or are just looking to boost their system, introducing these good fats and oils while rotating their diet will have your pets thanking you.