Fatty acid supplements are all the rage these days, and for good reason. Some fatty acids have shown health benefits in humans, ranging from battling depression to boosting cardiac health and alleviating joint pain. The good news is that many of these benefits also translate to our pets’ bodies, too!
What's a fatty acid, anyway?
Polyunsaturated fatty acids have more than one double bond in their carbon structures. Perhaps you’ve heard of omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids? These are both polyunsaturated fatty acids and are considered “good fats.” Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are also known as “essential fatty acids,” because (with a couple of exceptions) dogs, cats and other mammals (including us two-leggers) cannot synthesize them on their own, so they must obtain them through diet or other supplementation.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to benefit our animal friends as much as they benefit our own health. Among other properties, they are anti-inflammatory in nature and are part of a multi-modal approach to alleviating pain from osteoarthritis. Fatty acids are key tools that help resolve chronic skin conditions and play a role in immune system function, battling cancer and kidney disease.
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