Fish oil for dogs as a source of two key fatty acids: EPA and DHA. However, our K9 Oil Supplements also include ETA, GLA and SDA for a more complete solution.
First off, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, an Omega-3 fatty acid) is not an anti-inflammatory fat. It mainly protects the brain and nervous system. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid, an omega 3 fatty acid) is in fact an important anti-inflammatory fat. These two fatty acids are common in fish oil.
However, ETA (eicosatetraenoic acid, a polyunsaturated Omega 3 and 6 fatty acid) is an important precursor to EPA which has anti-inflammatory benefits of its own. And while your dog can convert ETA to EPA, your dog can not convert EPA to ETA. So most commercially processed fish oils alone are an incomplete source of anti-inflammatory fats.
Enter wild caught salmon oil that is processed with the additional intention of ETA. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is found in the flesh of wild caught (versus farm raised) cold-water salmon.
Another item that is missing in fish oil alone is GLA (gamma-linolenic acid, an Omega-6 fatty acid). It is yet another anti-inflammatory fat that has benefits for your dog. However, GLA exclusively comes from plants and does not come from animals at all. So once again, fish oil alone is missing another component.
GLA is an omega-6 fat. It is a key anti-inflammatory fat that also helps regulate hormones. It is also linked to healthy skin and coats. But this important fat does not come from animal sources. Hemp is rich in minerals, including zinc, manganese, and GLA. Hemp has to be extracted properly with the intent of utilizing such compounds.
Hemp also contains SDA (stearidonic acid, a polyunsaturated Omega 3 fatty acid), which can be converted to ETA and EPA. SDA is a shorter long-chain omega-3 fatty acid composed of 18 carbons, making it a precursor to longer long-chain fatty acids such as EPA and DHA.
By now, hopefully, we have demonstrated a bit more about why a “proper formulation” is critical.
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Keep in mind that unfortunately, a lot of dogs eat kibble or meats from animals that were fed on grains and starchy foods. The issue with foods that are too rich in omega-6 fats is that it results in feeding your dog higher amounts of omega-6 fats that could lead to an increase in inflammation. This excess inflammation potentially puts your dog at risk. Hence, why your dog needs proper omega-3 fats to help balance out those excess omega-6 fats to reduce harmful inflammation.
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Yes, we have heard of fish oil alternatives such as Algal oil. However, it is not the best choice because not all brands contain EPA, while the majority only contain DHA.