Omega-3 and Omega-6 in Dog Food
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are two types of fatty acids that are essential for normal physiologic function, cell membrane structure and cell function.
Experts consider Omega-3 fatty acids essential during gestation and early development, while the Omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid is essential for normal reproduction, growth, immune function, and skin and coat health,
At Purina, our nutritionists have incorporated the appropriate level of these fatty acids into our formulas.
How can I be sure my dog food contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids?
Purina’s growth products for puppies are all formulated with Omega-3 fatty acids.
You can also check your pet food label for Omega-3 fatty acids. Look to see if fish oil or fishmeal is listed as an ingredient, or if the label states that the product has been enriched with DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid).
If a product lists salmon, salmon meal, or trout as ingredients, that’s an indication that your dog will be receiving Omega-3 fatty acids
For Omega-6 fatty acids, look for vegetable oils listed in the ingredients. Corn oil and soybean oil are particularly rich in Omega-6 fatty acids. Animal fats are also a potential source.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids provide several benefits for your dog. Read the ingredients and look for these critical nutrients in a healthy dog’s diet.