You may have heard about the benefits of Omega fatty acids for humans. Did you know they’re just as important for your pup? 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. Read on to discover why they’re so important and how to make sure they’re in your dog’s food.

Experts consider Omega-3 fatty acids essential during gestation and early development—so if you have a younger dog, you’ll want to make especially sure your pup is getting plenty. Equally important, Omega-6 fatty acid is very important for normal reproduction, growth, immune function, and skin and coat health.

You may not see the words “Omega-3 fatty acids” or “Omega-6 fatty acids” on a nutrition label. Instead, you’ll need to look for ingredients that contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.

Omega-3 Fatty Acid

Fish oil or fish meal are both great sources of Omega-3 fatty acid. If your dog’s food lists salmon, salmon meal or trout as an ingredient, that’s also a good indication that your dog will be receiving Omega-3 fatty acids. You can also look for products that have been enriched with DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid).

Omega-6 Fatty Acid

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. 

If you fancy yourself a Fido foodie, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids should be some of the first nutrients you look for! These key nutritional elements come with a long list of benefits that will keep your puppy in tip-top shape for living a happy and healthy life.