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Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplement Role in Controlling Joint Inflammation

                       Natural Ways to Decrease Inflammation in Your Pet’s Joints

If your cat or dog suffers from osteoarthritis, you are likely looking for ways to help alleviate the inflammation in its joints.  This inflammation can be quite painful and even make it difficult for your pet to walk.  Luckily, a few natural with to your pet’s diet can help it find some much needed relief.

  • Fatty Acids

Fatty acids are an important component of your pet’s diet.  Fatty acids are chains of carbon molecules that are linked together in single or double bonds.  Depending on where these bonds are located, the fatty acids are referred to as either Omega 3 or Omega 6.  Both of these fatty acids are essential for your pet’s health.

Fatty acids, particularly Omega 3, help to reduce inflammation.  Omega 6, on the other hand, actually promotes inflammation.  Therefore, a dog with arthritis should have a diet high in Omega 3 fatty acids.  Omega 3 fatty acids are also beneficial to dogs with asthma, flea allergies, heart disease, kidney disease, and a variety of other health-related problems.

  • Including Omega 3 Fatty Acid in the Dog’s Diet

It is important to maintain a balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids in your dog’s diet.  Many pet foods and treats have plenty of Omega 6 fatty acids included in them.  Therefore, it is generally only necessary to supplement your dog’s diet with Omega 3 fatty acid.  Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in foods such as walnuts, hemp, fish, and flax.

One way to include Omega 3 fatty acid in your dog’s diet is to provide it with fish oil supplements.  Cod liver oil is not an acceptable substitute because this oil causes the body to store fat in the liver.  Cod liver oil also contains large amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin D.  As result, excessive amounts of these vitamins can be stored in the liver and cause damage.  Whole body fish oil, on the other hand, will prevent you from accidentally overdosing your dog with these vitamins.

  • Seeing Results

Your pet will begin to benefit immediately from the addition of Omega 3 fatty acids in its diet.  As a pet owner, however, you probably will not begin noticing a difference for approximately three to four months.  This is because the changes take place from the inside out, starting with the cells, then moving to the tissues, next - the organs.  Eventually, you will notice your pet’s coat and skin begin to look healthier.  Once you notice this, you can rest assured the benefits are taking place inside your pet, as well.