Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Canine Health: A Review

  title={Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Canine Health: A Review},
  author={Haneet Kaur and Ankit Singla and Snehdeep Singh and Sandip Shilwant and Ravneet Kaur},
  journal={International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences},
  • Haneet KaurA. Singla R. Kaur
  • Published 20 March 2020
  • Engineering
  • International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences
Fats and oils are a fundamental part of a balanced diet for dogs. Fats are a concentrated source of energy providing more than double the measure of energy as carbohydrates and proteins do. Fats are comprised of building blocks called fatty acids. Fatty acids are named by their chemical structure and how they are bonded together. There are certain fatty acids that dogs require in their eating regimen in light of the fact that the body can't make them. These are known as essential fatty acids… 
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Important potential adverse effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation include altered platelet function, gastrointestinal adverse effects, detrimental effects on wound healing, lipid peroxidation, potential for nutrient excess and toxin exposure, weight gain, altered immune function, effects on glycemic control and insulin sensitivity, and nutrient-drug interactions.

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Multicenter veterinary practice assessment of the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on osteoarthritis in dogs.

Ingestion of the test food raised blood concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids and appeared to improve the arthritic condition in pet dogs with osteoarthritis.

Effects of feeding a high omega-3 fatty acids diet in dogs with naturally occurring osteoarthritis.

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Dietary supplementation with fish oil omega-3 fatty acids resulted in an improvement in weight bearing in dogs with osteoarthritis, at least in the short term.

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The hypothesis that a combination of omega‐3 fatty acids, magnesium, and zinc may improve some of the behavioral disorders in a population of Iranian domestic dogs is supported.