This week I’d like to pass on a little “PSA” from our friends at Nordic Naturals for you and your furry friends at home.
As the weather trends towards warmer everyone is getting outside so it’s time to get informed on a little pet health.
How can a pet’s diet affect his/her joints?
A high-quality diet can go a long way in helping cats and dogs stay healthy, strong, and mobile. Cats and dogs are carnivores. They are fueled by protein and fat. A species-appropriate diet that contains protein and fats without by-products, artificial colors, flavorings, or rendered ingredients is optimal.
It’s also important to not overfeed your pets. Being overweight puts a great deal of pressure on joints and bones. Of course, all cats and dogs are individuals and can have different nutritional requirements. It is best to consult with your veterinarian or a certified pet nutrition consultant to determine what is optimal for your pet.
Why is omega-3 fish oil important for joints?
Omega-3 essential fatty acids – eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – are considered essential nutrients for cats and dogs (and people!) because they cannot be produced in the body and, therefore, must be supplied through the diet and/or supplements. The omega-3 EPA is a component of all cell membranes. The omega-3 DHA works to develop and maintain neural structures, including the brain and retina. Together, these omega-3s help support optimal pet health and wellness. Supplementing a pet’s diet with EPA and DHA has many health benefits such as joint health, heart health, cellular health, skin and coat health, immune system health, brain development and maintenance, and eye development and maintenance.
Remember this article is for information only. Do not make any changes in your diet or lifestyle without first consulting with your preventive health care provider. We always pray for your prosperity and health, 3 John 2, blessings, Donna.