What are Omega-6 fatty acids?

Omega-6 fatty acids are required for reproduction, growth, immune function, and skin and coat health. 

Omega-6 fatty acids Are An Important Part of Your Dog’s Diet

Dogs require the Omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid in their diet, thus making it an essential fatty acid for dogs. Another important Omega-6 fatty acid is arachidonic acid, which dogs can produce in their bodies from precursors.

Benefits of Omega-6 Fatty Acids

  • Omega-6 fatty acids are involved in cell membrane structure and cell function.
  • They are required for normal reproduction, growth, immune function, and skin and coat health.
  • Just like Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids are a type of fat and, thus contribute calories to your dog’s diet.

What are some good sources of Omega-6 fatty acids?

As a rule, Omega-6 fatty acids are found in animal and plant sources, such as:

  • Vegetable oils such as sunflower, corn, safflower, canola/rapeseed, and soybean oils are particularly rich in Omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Chicken and animal fats are also a good source.

At Purina, our nutritionists have incorporated both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids into our formulas.

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