How Fish Oil Can Help Puppies and Kittens Thrive

With their developing bodies, minds, and spirits, kittens and puppies need a bit of extra help when it comes to nutrition.

But rather than looking to specialized puppy or kitten food, everything they need to grow can be found in nature – starting with omega-3 fatty acids.

What are omega-3 fatty acids?

They’re essential fats that perform important functions in both cats and dogs, like supporting growth and neurological development. That means they’re particularly important for growing puppies and kittens.

What are some good sources of omega-3?

Fish, particularly fish oils, are rich in omega-3. Seeds, oils, and leafy green vegetables are also sources of omega-3. But starting from the sea is your best bet.

What are the benefits of omega-3 for puppies and kittens?

In the early stages of a kitten’s or puppy’s life, an essential omega-3 fatty acid - docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – accumulates in the brain. It’s critical for normal neural function and is known to be important for retinal (eye) tissue in kittens, and improved visual performance in puppies.

The short version? It helps your young pet get smarter and see better.

What are the benefits of omega-3 once they’re grown up?

Omega-3 fatty acids remain essential for cats and dogs. They can contribute to a healthier skin and coat, and are even recommended as an alternate anti-inflammatory for canines with certain itchy skin diseases.

Do I need special puppy or kitten food for omega-3?

A pet food that takes its inspiration from nature is good for younger and older pets alike. ZIWI Peak Steam & Dried recipes all contain omega-3 fatty acids, found in ingredients sourced from New Zealand’s land and sea.

What’s more, ZIWI’s Steam & Dried process locks the nutrients in and gives the food a texture pets love.

All you need to know is that if you’re feeding a puppy or kitten, you’ll need to give them a little less. Unsure about the right amount? Check ZIWI’s feeding calculator.

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