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Fatty Acids for Dogs
I was looking into essential fatty acids for us humans and since we are animal lovers in this house I thought I would take a look at what the needs of our animals were as far as fatty acids. My findings were astonishing on how much our animals were neglected when it came to nutrition.
On the subject of just fatty acids I found that Omega 3 fatty acids as with humans were also vital in our animals. Every organ system in the body has a vital need for Omega 3 particularly the immune system. A wild animal?s diet typically consists of small animals and birds eaten whole, this natural diet is high in Omega 3 and low in Omega 6, Modern Commercial dog food has high Omega 6 and Low in Omaga3. Although Omega 6 is a vital fatty acid it is best to have small amounts, where Omega 3 it is essential to have a large amount of Omega 3. The negative effects from the lack of Omega 3 in the diet of our animals, nutritionists and veterinarians are only beginning to understand.
From my reading, our animals typically should have a life span double the 8 to 12 years they live now. Their diet is known to contribute to actually half life our animals. This truly saddens me.
Brad West ~ onomoney