Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet Dog & Cat Liquid Supplements are considered essential fatty acids (EPA and DHA) because they cannot be made by the body. For optimal health and wellness, EPA and DHA must be supplied by the diet and/or supplementation. EPA and DHA are necessary structural components of cell membranes. These omega-3 fatty acids maintain the cell membrane fluidity and permeability needed for healthy, functioning cells.
EPA and DHA are found abundantly in cold-water fish. Flax seed oil contains ALA, another omega-3 fatty acid that requires the body to first convert ALA to EPA and DHA before utilization. Dogs have limited ability to make this conversion, while cats have even less of this ability to make this conversion. Therefore, supplementation with high quality omega-3 fish oil is recommended for dogs, and cats.
Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) support
- Cellular health
- Immune system health
- Skin and coat health
- Joint health
- Heart health
- Brain development and maintenance
- Eye development and maintenance
Evolution of Omega-3 fatty acids in canine & feline diets
Before dogs and cats were domesticated, their ancestors received omega-3 essential fatty acids (EPA and DHA) from prey, such as rodents, birds, and elk. Today, our pet companions depend on us for their food. While commercial pet foods may be convenient, some may not provide ideal amounts of omega-3 essential fatty acids to promote optimal pet health and wellness.
Research indicates that a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids of 5:1–10:1 is optimal for dogs. Many commercial pet foods contain primarily omega-6 fatty acids from animal fats and vegetable oils, resulting in a highly unbalanced ratio dominated by omega-6 fatty acids. While this ratio is important, it is also important to consider the source of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet. Fish oil provides your dog or cat companion with a direct source of omega-3 essential fatty acids.
To correct the fatty acid imbalance created by a diet high in omega-6 fatty acids, people can supplement their pet companion’s food with a high-quality source of omega-3 fatty acids from wild, sustainable fish. Even the best raw food and homemade diets will benefit from omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.
Vitamin A Essentials
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble and essential vitamin in the diets of dogs and cats and is found naturally in cod liver oil. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, immune function, fetal development, growth, and cellular differentiation (important for maintaining healthy skin cells, corneal cells, and other cells lining the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and reproductive tracts).
Why Nordic Naturals
Excellence in taste requires excellence in freshness. Nordic Naturals achieves both for your pet companion. The 100% oxygen-free manufacturing environment provides your pet companion with exceptionally fresh oils, and thus great oil taste. Even pet companions with the most discerning palates enjoy our oils as is—no flavorings required.
An advanced distillation processes remove any potential environmental impurities (heavy metals, PCBs, dioxins and furans). Nordic Naturals guarantees no detectable levels of these impurities in accordance with the limits set forth by the strictest international standards.
Natural Triglyceride Form
All Nordic Naturals oils contain omega-3 fatty acids in the natural triglyceride form to ensure optimal absorption, and thus results. A 2010 study confirms that fish oil in the triglyceride form is up to 70% more absorbable than fish oil in ethyl ester form.
About Nordic Naturals
Norwegian-born Joar Opheim founded Nordic Naturals in 1995 with the goal of advancing the quality of omega-3 fish oils by developing new technologies for improving oil taste, purity, freshness, and structure. Today, Nordic Naturals is the leading supplier of exceptional quality omega-3 fish oils worldwide. Nordic Naturals was inspired to launch the Nordic Pet Collection to provide dog and cat companions with the same exceptional quality oils we produce for humans, so they too can experience the benefits of our fish oils.
100% of the fish used are wild caught and sourced in accordance with the Norwegian fisheries management system, which has been a model for the sustainable harvest of marine life for over 30 years. 100% of our fish is utilized for human or animal consumption.