Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Today, owning a dog isn’t what it was 20, even 10 years ago. One of the biggest differences in today’s pet owning world is the importance of a healthy diet. Over these last years, doctors have discovered the incredible tool that a pet’s diet can be for delivering not only nutrients, but aiding in all kinds of different problems. And many of us can relate to the fact that we’ve heard our vet’s not only talk about diets, but supplements. In a world where essential oils are all the rage and the standard multivitamin gets lost in the vast array of supplement choices, it can be hard to know how these things can relate your pet. As doctors have learned more about what the human body needs to be healthy and functioning at it’s full capacity, veterinarians have been doing the same for our pets. This has led to the same sea of supplements at your local pet shop, and it’s hard to even tell one from the other.
I remember growing up, my parents fed my dogs the same brand of dog food, from birth til his passing, every day without fail. He lived to be 12, had a great life, and never seemed any the worse for wear. He never took any medication, and never visited a vet, outside of yearly vaccines and the occasional accidental cut or injury from playing with us kids. I have had many clients relay similar stories to me about their own experience with pets growing up, so the conversation about adding daily supplements sometimes leaves clients wondering why it’s even worth it; if their other dog’s didn’t need it, why would their current pet be any different?
Every vet and technician has their own speech as to the benefits of supplements, and a lot of the time they refer to ingredients that we’ve all heard of, but few of us could actually define. So this week, I’m going to be delving into the supplement Welactin, which is a high quality Omega-3 Fatty Acid supplement ( there’s one of those ingredients!) that has a wide variety of health benefits for your furbaby. Most importantly, I’ll be breaking down what exactly is in Welactin, and why it’s worth considering for your pet.
Welactin is simply. as stated on it’s packaging, “a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids derived from cold water fish.” This sounds great, if only because you have probably heard that such fats are beneficial. But why? First, let’s define what we’re really talking about. Omega-3’s are poly unsaturated fats- healthy fats- that cannot be made by the body and have to be obtained from a food source. This fats are naturally occurring in cold water fish such as mackerel, tuna, and herring. The specific omega-3’s you’ll find in Welactin are DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).
DHA is the primary structural component in the human brain, cerebral cortex, skin, retina, and cell membranes. It is naturally occurring in breast milk, so it is commonly used in the beginning of life the support mental development. All of this facts mean great things for our hairy family members. DHA is used to help treat a variety of ailments including diabetes, dementia, and coronary heart disease. DHA can be converted into EPA in the body, which has it’s own realm of health benefits.
EPA is also found in the meat of the same cold water fish and has it’s own set of benefits. It has been known to reduce pain and swelling in joints, and is used to treat age related macular degeneration, a serious degeneration of the retina.
When combined, these two fatty acids are effective in treating a plethora of ailments ranging from high cholesterol, lung disease, heart disease, and even depression.
Now, in terms of dogs and cats, these omega-3’s open the door to a wide range of health benefits that can really be life changing. Some of the most notable benefits include:
- Skin and Coat Health- many clients report that their pet’s coat is more beautiful than ever before. Also, many pets have a dry skin condition called seborhea, which commonly clears with the addition of Welactin.
- Heart health- Welaction is proven to imporve a healthy heart rhythm as well as support the health of the heart muscle itself.
- Kidney health- Kidney’s are a crucial component to your pet’s internal function and unhealthy kidneys can lead to the need for medications, prescription diets, and even daily fluid administration. Welactin supports healthy renal function.
- Brain and Vision support- The Omega-3’s found in Welactin allow for healthy eye and brain development, just like on the human side of things. This also means that it can increase your pets trainability and their ability to process stimuli, like commands.
- Muscosketetal- Welactin is essential in creating a support system for your pets joints. Healthy joints mean less occurrence of arthritis, and less pain for your pet. Being able to move more comfortably is so important for not only our older patients, but also for those who find themselves in a rehab situation after surgery.
- Immune System health- A healthy immune system is a pretty obvious benefit, and it means that the healthier your pet is the less chance they will of of incurring other conditions that will ultimately lead to a less than happy pooch.
As long winded as this has become, the long and short of it is that Welactin has been proven not only by science but also in practice to be essential for the health of your furry family member. I could ramble on all day about it’s specific benefits, but I hope this has allowed our readers some insight into what we mean when we refer to the ingredients in Welactin and why it is such a crucial part of our rehab and orthopedic protocols for healthy living.
– Erin Toman