Nordic Naturals Pet Omega-3 Pet Unflavored 2 oz
Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet For Cats & Small Breed Dogs 2 fl. oz. (60 ml)
Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet For Cats & Small Breed Dogs, derived exclusively from wild anchovies and sardines, offers optimal pet health and wellness. Important omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, support healthy skin, coat, joints, heart and the development and maintenance of the brain and eyes. Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet is an excellent source of EPA and DHA with trace amounts of vitamins A and D. Omega-3 Pet is an essential supplement for your pet companion to maintain optimal health and wellness. Omega-3 Pet oil is derived exclusively from the bodies of 100% wild sardines and anchovies from the Norwegian Sea to the Southern Pacific Ocean depending on their seasonal migration. These fish species are considered ideal fish for long-term sustainability due to their short reproductive cycles.
Both vitamins A and D are fat-soluble and essential vitamins in the diets of dogs and cats. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, immune function, fetal development, growth, and cellular differentiation (important for maintaining healthy skin cells, corneal cells, and other cells
lining the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and reproductive tracts). Vitamin D plays a major role in maintaining normal body calcium levels
and facilitating calcium absorption from the gastrointestinal tract. Unlike humans, dogs and cats have an essential dietary requirement for
vitamin D due to an inability to adequately form vitamin D in the skin. Vitamin D deficiency is characterized by an inadequate mineralization
of the bone and growth plates, also know as rickets.
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essentials fatty acids (EFAs) for humans, as well as for dogs and cats, because they cannot be made
in the body. In order to maintain optimal health and wellness, these fatty acids must be obtained through diet or supplementation. EPA and DHA are necessary structural components of cell membranes. These functional, health-promoting fatty acids maintain the cell membrane fluidity and permeability needed for healthy functioning cells.
The two health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA are long chain omega-3 fatty acids found abundantly in fish. Flax seed oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a shorter chain omega-3 fatty
acid that requires the enzyme delta-6 desaturase to convert ALA to EPA and DHA in the body. Humans and dogs have limited ability to convert ALA to EPA and DHA. Cats, on the other hand, have less ability to convert ALA to EPA and DHA. Therefore, supplementation with high quality omega-3 fish oil is recommended for humans, dogs, and cats.
One of the key functions of the omega-3 fatty acid EPA is supporting the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response. Dogs and cats can suffer from numerous inflammatory conditions that can affect their health and well-being. Studies have shown supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids from fish supports dogs and cats with inflammatory conditions associated with the skin, joints, kidneys, and heart. In addition, EPA is known to promote healthy triglyceride (fat) levels within the blood of dogs.
In puppies and kittens, the omega-3 fatty acid DHA plays a key role in neurological (brain) and retinal (eye) development. Studies have
shown that feeding pregnant dogs omega-3 fatty acid-enriched foods during gestation and lactation provides needed DHA to their puppies. Puppies weaned onto foods with DHA have improved electroretinographic responses (a measurement of the electrical response of the retina in the eye to light stimulation), and improved responses to training tests. Studies in humans have shown that omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial in maintaining normal cognitive function later in life.
Lastly, essential fatty acid supplementation is known to maintain general skin and coat quality in dogs and cats. Consult your veterinarian to evaluate the total amount of omega-3 fatty acids your dog/puppy or cat/kitten should receive on a daily basis based on species, age, activity level, diet, life stage (growth/reproductive and adult), and health condition.
Before dogs and cats were domesticated, the ancestors of dogs and cats received their essential omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, from
their prey, such as rodents, birds, and elk. But today, pet companions depend on their owner for their food. With modern technology, commercial pet food provides pet owners with a convenient method of feeding their pet companions, but some foods still may not provide your pet companions with the ideal levels of essential omega-3 fatty acids to promote optimal pet health and wellness.