Fats and oils are a necessary part of a balanced diet for your dog. A diet that provides about 10-15 percent fat (for normal, healthy adult animals) is best to maintain health. Excess fat in the diet from table scraps without a balance in exercise is when your pup may be getting too much fat.
On the plus side, your pup will never have to worry about cholesterol levels like humans do, as they won’t end up with the same types of health issues we can from eating a high-fat diet. If fat levels are too low; however, dogs can develop dry, itchy skin and a dull coat. A diminished immune system and other potential health problems such as heart disease and diabetes could occur as well.
Fats are a concentrated form of energy that gives your dog more than twice the amount of energy as carbohydrates and proteins do. Fats used in dog foods are highly digestible and are the first nutrients to be used by the body as energy, ahead of protein and carbohydrates.
Fats are made up of building blocks called fatty acids. Fatty acids are named according to their chemical structure and how they are bonded together. There are certain fatty acids that your dog requires in his diet because the body cannot make them. These are known as essential fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are divided into two groups called the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Fats have many important functions in your dogs body. Not only do they provide energy, but they are also necessary for the normal development and function of body cells, nerves, muscles, and body tissues. They are important components in the body’s production of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins work to reduce inflammation.
Fats are part of the reason that dog foods taste good and smell good too (at least to your pup). Fats and oils also give structure to foods. They help the body to absorb certain vitamins called the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K). Fats and oils in the diet keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy and are also important in reproduction.
When considering a food for your dog, check out the list of ingredients to see where the fats and oils are coming from. Fats in dog foods are typically supplied by both animal fat and oils from plants. Quality dog foods will list sources of fat that provide the proper balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Fish oil is another common source where you can find oil for your pups. Our Samon Oil contains all natural 100% Alaskan salmon with Omega 3. The food supplement can easily be pumped into your pup's food to help flaky dry skin & allergies, promote a healthy natural coat. If your dog is a picky eater, try using our Salmon Oil Soft Chews with all the same great benefits.
Our Salmon Oil and Salmon chews are an effective treatment for hot spots and shedding. Organic Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory providing support for arthritis and inflamed skin. Made in USA our treats are safe for puppies over 6 months, adult and senior dogs.
Not only are fats and oils good for our dogs but they can help them live their best life.