Omega-3 fatty acids are very important fats that mammals must get from their diets. They contribute to the health and wellbeing of not only humans but our pets as well.
However, not all fatty acids are alike. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is an essential fatty acid that the body converts to the longer- chain omega-3’s called Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Most pets find it hard to produce EPA with a conversion rate of 10% and DHA even less with less than 1% converted.
Fish Oil Benefits
Fish oils are rich in EPA and DHA. EPA is converted into anti-inflammatory components, which helps to manage inflammation-based problems such as joint, coat and bladder diseases.
The addition of 2.5% to 3.5% of premium fish oil can lead to substantial health benefits for cats and dogs. The role of DHA has a more structural role and is found in high concentrations in nerve tissue such as the brain and eyes. Puppies and kittens need EPA, in order to feed their growing brains, whilst older pets benefit from DHA, that helps to support their ageing brains.
As high omega-3 fish oils continue to become popular in pet food, the challenge is to secure raw materials to cater for the growing demand.
At Shandell Pet Foods all of our Grain Free recipes have been formulated with the inclusion of ‘Omega-3 supplement’ derived from fish oils. Our fish oils are high quality, responsibly sourced premium oils which are rich in both EPA & DHA. Omega-3 is added to help support healthy skin and coat, whilst also supporting cognitive and visual development.