Benefits of Fish Oil and Your Pet

Why is Fish Oil Important For Pets?

 

There is a lot of talk these days about the need to supplement your pet’s diet with fish oil in order to improve not only the appearance of their coat, but to have a positive impact on their overall health as well.

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As it turns out, healthy pets do, in fact, need to have regular access to the nutrients that fish oil can provide.
Maltese dogs are just one of the many breeds that can benefit from a consistent fish oil regimen, and ensuring that you are providing the right kind of fish oil to your pet is just as important as giving it to them in the first place.
 
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, a vital component to the good health of many animals.  Although there are omega-3 fatty acids in plant materials as well, it is solely the ones that are sourced from animals that your pet’s system will be able to metabolize and put to use.  These types of fatty acids help to reduce inflammation in your dog’s heart, skin and joints so that they can lead a happier, healthier and longer life.
 
Almost any Maltese information site will recommend giving your pup a small, daily dose of fish oil in order to maintain a smooth and glossy coat.  The fats that are in the oil are also effective for relieving a plethora of problems that can so often develop in small dogs.  Dry, itchy skin, for example, is uncomfortable for your pet and can lead to larger problems if it gets out of hand.  A deficiency in omega-3’s can also allow for inflammation around the joints, which is a major cause of rheumatoid arthritis in pets.  Even more dangerous is the chance of inflammation around the heart, a problem that is actually capable of shortening the life of your Maltese.
While there is little question that a daily dose of a good quality fish oil supplement can help lead to healthy pets down the road, it’s always a good idea to check with your vet about any supplement that you intend to give your Maltese.  Too much fish oil in smaller pets has the potential to cause digestive problems and discomfort for the animal.
 
Odds are, with the right dosage and the right omega-3’s, you will soon see the many benefits of giving fish oil to your pet. With the potential to vastly improve both the quality and the length of your pet’s life, this is one supplement that could be worth its weight in gold.

 





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