There’s no secret we’re passionate about what the right quantity and balance of omega 3’s and 6’s can do for your pets health!
Both omega 3’s and 6’s have an important role to play when it comes to our pets’ health. By giving your pet food that contains a good balance of omega 3’s and omega 6’s, you’re supporting their brain health, skin and coat health, joint mobility, heart health, eye health, immunity, growth, and behaviour.
Sourcing Omega 6’s
Omega 6’s are easily found in many plant based foods so they’re not just easy to source in our pets food, they’re usually found in an unhealthy ratio of 20:1 (omega 6’s to omega 3’s) due to the amount of cheap grain in pet foods. Too many omega 6’s and not enough omega 3’s increases inflammation in the body which can lead to auto-immune diseases like arthritis, diabetes, psoriasis and eczema. However, when balanced with omega 3’s, omega 6’s improve your pet’s skin, coat and heart health. They also help reduce cancer risk!
Sourcing Omega 3’s
Omega 3’s are a lot harder to source than omega 6’s, which is why a diet ‘high’ in omega 3’s is important – to restore balance for a happier, healthier pet. Not all omega 3’s are created equal. You have shorter chain omega 3 fatty acids, found in plant based food such as canola oil and avocado oil, and you have longer chain omega 3 fatty acids, found in abundance in fatty fish such as NZ King Salmon.
Health benefits associated with Omega 3’s
Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, longer chain omega 3’s (EPA and DHA) found in NZ King Salmon, are attributed to a number of health benefits including:
- Brain health
- Arthritic joints
- Healthy skin and coat
- Gut health and immunity.
The Omega Plus Ratio
Here at Omega Plus, our pet food has a ratio of 1:1 omega 3’s to 6’s which is why so many pet owners have seen huge improvements in their pet’s health.
“Our girl Milly is a 16 year old bundle of joy. Milly can be incredibly fussy, sensitive stomach and tends to go off food really quickly… That is NOT the case with Omega Plus. Omega Plus has majorly improved her skin and coat, her digestion issues have become next to nothing and she is actually putting on weight (which can be hard to do with a 16 year old cat). We will continue feeding Milly the Omega Plus kibble and cans.” – Olivia
Lenox, C. E., & Bauer, J. E. (2013). Potential adverse effects of omega-3 fatty acids in dogs and cats. J Vet Intern Med, 27(2), 217-226. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jvim.12033
Lenox, C. E. (2016). Role of dietary fatty acids in dogs & cats. ACVN Nutrition Notes. 83-90. https://todaysveterinarypractice.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2016/08/TVP_2016-0910_NN-FattyAcids.pdf