The Six Benefits of Fish Oil For Cats and Dogs:
From the Animal Medical Center of Chicago
- Protects the heart. Fish oil has been found to reduce the heart’s vulnerability to developing an irregular heart rhythm, called atrial fibrillation. Additionally, it can act as an anti-coagulant and prevent blood clots from forming in cats with heart disease.
- Provides support for dry, flaky skin in allergy pets. Giving fish oil to pets with allergies may reduce their itching by decreasing their body’s production or release of potent stimulators of inflammation, called cytokines.
- Helps slow down the progression of kidney disease. In failing kidneys, fish oil may lower elevated blood pressure, decrease undesired protein loss in urine, and reduce the production of pro-inflammatory substances that aggravate kidneys.In a study of 146 cats with kidney disease, cats fed diets supplemented with omega 3 fatty acids lived a median of 17 months compared to 7 months for those who were not supplemented.
- Aids arthritic joints. Fish oil decreases the production of potent prostaglandins that stimulate inflammation in the joints. Arthritic dogs and cats given fish oil are more comfortable and agile than those not supplemented.
- Improves neurologic development and cognitive function. A Hill’s Pet Nutrition 2012 study found supplementing puppies with DHA increased their ability to learn and retain certain skills when compared to those not receiving additional DHA.Older pets suffering from cognitive dysfunction had improved recognition of family members and other dogs when supplemented with fish oil. Additionally, it decreased pattern-pacing behavior in these pets.
- Lowers blood triglyceride levels. Supplementing patients with fish oil may decrease harmful triglyceride levels in some patients. This is especially critical in pets suffering from heart disease, pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel disease.