Read about the ingredients in Canine Omega complete and what makes them so special.
Omega 3 fatty acids are chains of carbon molecules linked with single or double bonds. An essential fatty acid is one that must be supplied in the diet because it cannot be manufactured by the body. Although Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are both incorpororated into cell membranes, it is important to supplement with Omega 3 fatty acids to lessen the development of inflammation in your pet’s body by not activating these membranes. Many pets have health problems caused by too much inflammation in the body, so most pets benefit from supplements with higher concentrations of Omega 3 fatty acids. Examples of Omega 3 fatty acids include ALA (alpha linoleic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
Most pet foods and pet treats are manufactured to have a high quantity of Omega 6 fatty acids and contain much less Omega 3 fatty acids because of the cost involved in manufacturing pet food. It is believed that an approximate ratio of 5:1 of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids is essential in promoting health and maintaining homeostasis in your pet’s body. Therefore, it is important to supplement most pets on commercial pet food with quality Omega 3/fish oil supplements, which can easily be added to your pet’s food bowl or given in a small amount of a treat. Benefits include the following:
Promotes healthy skin and coat
Giving your pet a fish oil supplement can help reduce inflammation and thus lessens the intensity of most types of allergies, including flea bite allergies, inhalant/contact allergies, and/or food allergies. Omega 3 fatty acids also help lessen dry skin and dander, and many forms of skin scaling disorders. Use of Omega 3 fatty acid supplements also allows pet owners to use lower doses of cortisone and antibiotics when managing many of these skin conditions. Note that it often takes 3-4 months to see maximal benefits of Omega 3 fatty acid supplements in both the skin and rest of your pet’s body.
The benefits of Omega Fats have been studied for years and there’s no doubt that it’s inclusion in your dogs diets will benefit in these areas:
as well as many other issues.
It’s not uncommon for people to hear that we need more vitamins and minerals. We might take a multi-vitamin or try to increase certain foods in our diet. But what about our pets? If you take a look at many pet food ingredients, you’ll likely notice vitamin E. You may be taking Vitamin E yourself, and wondering “can I give my cat or dog vitamin E?”
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that is essential for a dog’s muscles, circulatory system, and injury healing. It is also an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Technically speaking, Vitamin E exists in four naturally occurring forms and refers to compound groups called tocopherols and tocotrienols. Two of the most common forms of vitamin E are γ-tocopherol, found in soybean and corn oil, and α-tocopherol, found in olive and sunflower oils.
To really get into the nitty-gritty— Vitamin E protects Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA’s), Vitamin A and sulfur containing Amino Acids from oxidation. The more PUFAs in the diet, the more Vitamin E is necessary to protect pets from oxidation increases. Which is why Vitamin E is so important!
Yes, Vitamin E is beneficial for your pet. In fact, it’s essential! There is a link between deficiency of Vitamin E to cell damage in skeletal muscle, the heart, liver, and nerves.
In addition to the internal benefits, Vitamin E is also good for skin and coat health. It is often found in dog shampoos because it can help reduce flakiness and promote a healthy, glossy coat.
Because Vitamin E is also known to boost the immune system, some call it the perfect ‘winter vitamin’ since cold weather can dry out the skin and compromise the immune system.
Not only are these colorful little fruits full of flavor, but they’re also good for you and your animal companion.
Cranberries have a long history, going all the way back to Roman times. In 1578, herbalist Henry Lyte documented the use of cranberries to treat a variety of ailments, from rheumatoid disorders, scurvy and fever, to skin wounds and eczema. Native Americans living along the Eastern seaboard regularly used cranberries as a blood tonic because of their iron content, but it wasn’t until the 1840s that German scientists began exploring the positive impact of cranberries on urinary tract health. Clinical research began in the 1930s, and has gained momentum ever since.
Cranberries also provide health benefits to dogs and cats. When it comes to preventing and treating struvite crystals and bladder stones in our companion animals, cranberries are a great food and supplement to have on hand. In fact, the American Animal Hospital Association has suggested that people add one to two ounces of cranberry juice to their animals’ food every day.
What makes cranberries so healthy?
Cranberries contain a variety of bioactive components, including antioxidant proanthocyanidins and anthocyanins, and ellagic acid.
Anthocyanins are the pigments that give cranberries their rich red color. Out of 150 flavonoids tested, they were found to have the strongest antioxidant power – even moreso than vitamin E. Anthocyanins also have an anti-inflammatory action, and can help lessen allergic reactions. A 100 gram serving of cranberries contains 50 to 80 mg of this powerful antioxidant.
Proanthocyanidins belong to the bioflavonoid family and help strengthen blood vessels and improve the delivery of oxygen to cell membranes. Ellagic acid has also been getting lots of attention lately because it has been found in the lab to cause apoptosis or “cell death” in cancer cells.
Cranberries also contain dietary fiber, manganese and vitamin K, and are rich in vitamin C and tannins, which help keep bacteria like E. coli, the most common cause of UTIs, from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract.
Don’t be surprised if you soon start finding cranberry seed flour and cranberry seed oil on the shelf of your favorite health food store, as an alternative source of omega 3 fatty acids. Cranberries are gaining even more recognition as a way to help prevent bad breath, plaque, and gum disease.
When seeking out cranberry supplements for your animals, look for standardized products and companies that use no harmful solvents in their extraction process, or binders like stearic acid, dextrose or maltose. Always check with a holistic veterinarian or nutritionist before adding any new supplement to your dog or cat’s diet.
As well as adding some holiday pizzazz to you and your companion’s meals, they’re a true powerhouse of healthful activity and can be used throughout the year to give his wellness (and yours) a boost.