You do everything you possibly can to ensure the health of your pet kids. But
have you heard the top ten reasons why they should be taking fish oil? If you’re
unfamiliar with the latest science behind omega-3 supplementation for dogs and
cats, you should definitely check this out. Dr. Jane Bicks explores the health
incentives for providing a quality fish oil supplement that’s formulated just
Fish oil supplements are an ideal complement to your pet’s diet because they supply omega-3 fatty acids, which your dog or cat’s body cannot sufficiently produce on its own. Still in doubt? Here are the top 10 reasons why it’s important to supplement your dog or cat’s daily intake with a quality fish oil supplement.
1. Your Pet Will Burn Fat More Efficiently
The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements help improve the metabolism of a dog and cat’s body in a natural way and cause body fat to burn more quickly. (2,10)
2. Improved Development of Puppies & Kittens During Pregnancy
During a pregnancy, supply your canine or feline mama omega-3 needs with a pure, safe fish oil supplement. The reason is because the omega-3 fatty acid DHA helps improve brain development, concentration, immunity and eyesight, among other things. (1,5)
3. Slow Down Your Pet’s Aging Process
We all want to age more slowly, right? EPA and DHA found in fish oil help slow down the aging process by reducing inflammation and extending the longevity of cells. In this way, omega-3s help keep your pet kids feeling younger for longer. (3)
4. Improved Flexibility
Because of the anti-inflammatory properties of EPA from fish oil supplements, the discomfort in your pet’s joints and muscles may actually decrease. What you will notice is that over time, fish oil supplements can help with stiffness to rise and help your pet be more active and enjoy walks and games with you. (4)
5. Improved Performance in Canine Athletes
Omega-3s in fish oil supplements improve the functioning of the lungs. For our active agility dogs, runners, Frisbee dogs, swimmers and mountain hiker companions, fish oil will help your dog keep up with you. (14)
6. Better Concentration & Limiting Brain Cell Deterioration
Thanks to EPA and DHA from fish oil, your pet’s brain may age more slowly and perform optimally. The essential fatty acids in the omega-3s contribute to sounder sleep, an essential element in keeping concentration sharp. (6)
7. Optimized Immune System Functioning
A daily supplement of omega-3s from fish oil supplements help the white blood cells perform their anti-inflammatory function optimally. This helps your pet’s defense against diseases and other ailments by strengthening the immune system. (15)
8. Better Heart Health
The omega-3s in fish oil supplements help keep cholesterol levels at a healthy level and help keep this vital muscle healthy. (8,9)
9. No More Grumpy Cat
Fish oil supplements are proven to improve mood in humans, and studies are forthcoming about their benefits in pets! (12, 13)
10. Healthy Skin & Shiny Coat
The benefits of omega-3s in fish oil supplements for skin health are well documented, but did you know that omega-3s also help protect against sunburn? (6,7)
Adding health-promoting fish oil to your pet’s diet can be one of the best decisions you make for your companion animal. If you want to learn more, visit the website!
Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.
Dr. Jane Bicks, Life’s Abundance Staff Veterinarian and Product Formulator
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