Omega-3 Benefits and Food Allergies
Omega-3 has become more and more popular as a supplement and with good reason. It has been shown to help with a lot of things. It’s important to know how omega-3s affect your pet, though. Here’s a look at what omega-3s are, and why you should consider them for your pet’s allergies.
What are omega-3s and how can they help your pet?
Omega-3s refer to certain kinds of fatty acids. Of the 11 types of Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), are the two most commonly discussed when it comes to benefits for pets. It can be found in marine sources such as fish oils.
There is a long list of benefits from omega-3s, some benefits include lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer, less systemic inflammation, lower risk for depression, better skin, and more. Omega-3 deficiency is common in the pet world and can result in some serious health problems. And did you know that it can be a big help to your dog’s food allergies?
Pets might not seem like they need omega-3s. But the fact is that our pets are much more than toys. They are part of our families, and they need the best care possible.
When does a food allergy occur in pets?
Pets having a food allergy is becoming more common by the day. Here are some symptoms to take a look at if your dog is having a fish allergy:
- Constantly scratching
- Chronic ear inflammation
- Skin infection
- Obsessive chewing/licking of feet
- Itchy paws
- Hot spots
- Scaly and/or oily skin
- Pigmented skin
- Red eyes
Some food allergies may become intense that they might need immediate medical attention so do you see these symptoms in your furbabies? There is a wide list of home treatments are published online but did you know that Omega 3 can be a very big help for them?
How can Omega 3 help reduce pet food allergies?
Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties, which help the body out and even fight allergies. It can actually help build immunity to dog allergies when taken consistently.