Benefits of fish oils in our pets
Recent studies published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) show that adding fish oils to our pet’s diet may have more health benefits than originally thought. It has long been known that fish oils can improve our pet’s skin, hair coat, and joint health. Now there is evidence that they may reduce inflammation and can improve many chronic conditions that affect the body, especially in our canine companions. It is now believed that fish oils are essential for the maintenance of many organ and tissue functions. In studies done, the following effects were seen:
- Kidneys: reduced protein in the urine, reduced inflammation, decreased blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disorders: benefits to dogs with heart failure and early chronic valvular diseases, reduced inflammation, reduced vulnerability to atrial fibrillation, improved appetite, reduced muscle wasting, reduced high blood pressure
- Osteoarthritis and joint health: reduced inflammation, improved ability to walk and rise from a resting position, improved lameness and stiffness
- Skin disorders: decreased itchiness and self-trauma to skin, improved coat quality, improved hair loss, reduced inflammation
- Neurologic health and brain function: improvements in agility, recognition of family members, reduction of epileptic seizures, improvements in excessive licking and pacing
- Cancer: increased survival time, and longer disease-free intervals
There are also exciting new studies being done to show that fish oils may aid in the treatment of: aggression, diabetes, IBD, and many more diseases that affect our pets.
Ask your doctor how fish oils can help improve your pet’s health!