Fish Oil for Dogs and Cats: A Comprehensive Guide

Nature contains everything pets need to thrive. One group of essential nutrients found in nature are omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for dogs and cats alike.

There is evidence that long chain omega-3 fatty acids can help support renal (kidney) function and cardiovascular health, as well as skin and coat health.

But what’s the best source of omega-3? Does omega-3 have any other benefits? And are there any pet foods out there already offering omega-3 in their recipes?

The best sources of omega-3 are found in the sea.

Fish, particularly fish oils, are rich in omega-3. Look for good quality, ethically-sourced ingredients like in this ZIWI Peak Steam & Dried Southern Pacific Fish recipe for cats.

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?

Neurological Development and Visual Function

Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for normal neural function. One omega-3 fatty acid, known as DHA, accumulates in the developing brain and is important for producing retinal tissue of kittens, and improves the vision of growing puppies.

Kidney Function

Including omega-3 fatty acids in your pet’s diet can help maintain renal (kidney) function.

Cardiovascular Health

Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA supplemented through fish oil, have been seen to have an antiarrhythmic effect in boxer dogs – this means they helped prevent irregular heart rhythm.

Skin and Coat Health

Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain healthy skin and coats for dogs. Dietary fatty acids are also recommended as an alternate anti-inflammatory for dogs with certain pruritic (itchy) skin diseases.

Where to start?

If you’re looking for good sources of omega-3 fatty acids for your cat or dog, start by looking for pet food recipes that already include them.

Every recipe in the ZIWI Peak Steam & Dried range for cats features ethically-sourced, wild-caught New Zealand fish, providing plenty of omega-3. The Steam & Dried range for dogs also feature fish oil for added omega-3.

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