HemPetz Hemp Seed Oil Supplement
We understand how important your pets are to you as we are pet people too. HemPetz Hemp Seed Oil Supplement is perfect because it contains many necessary components to keep your pet healthy, happy and mobile for as long as possible
Omega Fatty Acid Supplements
One of the most popular and versatile supplements is Hemp Seed oil. Hemp Seed oil can be used for a variety of different reasons – for many years pet owners have given these fatty acids to their pets to improve skin and coat health. More recently, research has shown that fatty acids play important roles in other areas of body function, including controlling inflammation, reducing allergy symptoms, reducing joint pain, and improving function of other organs in dogs and cats.
What Are Fatty Acids?
There are two main categories of fatty acids – omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids include ALA, EPA, and DHA. Omega-6 fatty acids include LA, GLA, DGA, and AA. Both types of fatty acids are important, but most pet foods contain far more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3. There is some question as to the correct ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Previously, it was thought the ratio should be approximately 15:1, but due to the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, it is now thought that a ratio of 10:1 or 5:1 is more beneficial. Hemp Seed Oil is naturally in a ratio of 3:1 and you can't beat that.
Animals can produce some of the fatty acids they need, but not all of them. The fatty acids they cannot produce themselves are called essential fatty acids, and must be obtained through their diet. Interestingly, what is ‘essential’ for one species of animal is not necessarily essential for another – for example, arachidonic acid is essential for cats but not for dogs. These fatty acids must be consumed, since animals do not make them themselves. Most pet foods today add fatty acids, but in processed foods they are subject to degradation. Overcooking, improper storage, or a sub-optimum level of antioxidants in dry food can result in rancidity and a subsequent deficiency in fatty acids. Because of the possibility that the diet may not provide adequate amounts of fatty acids, as well as the benefits of increased fatty acid intake, many owners choose to supplement their pets diet with a fatty acid supplement.
Sources of Fatty Acids
The type of fatty acid depends on it’s source - for example, beef fat has a higher level of omega-6 fatty acids, whereas Hemp Seed Oil has a higher level of omega-3. Hemp Seed Oil is a good sources of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Since most pet’s diets are far higher in omega-6 fatty acids, it is these omega-3 fatty acids that are supplemented. The best source of omega-3 fatty acids is Hemp Seed Oil – and our HemPetz Hemp Seed Oil comes in a liquid format for ease of dosage.
How Fatty Acids Help Decrease Inflammation
Fatty acids are involved in many functions of the body, including their function in cell membranes. Both AA and EPA can be incorporated into cell membranes. When a cell is damaged, AA (an omega-6 fatty acid) is released from the cell membrane and is metabolized by enzymes into substances which can increase inflammation and itching. EPA (an omega-3 fatty acid) is also released when a cell is damaged – and uses the same enzymes that AA does. Since they are competing to use the same enzymes, less are available for use by AA, and less of an inflammatory response occurs. Thus, omega-3 fatty acids can decrease the harmful effects of omega-6 fatty acids and reduce associated inflammation.
Conditions Improved Through Fatty Acid Supplementation
By supplementing omega-3 fatty acids, we may be able to decrease the effects of inflammation. There are many diseases that create an inflammatory response in the body, and supplementing these fatty acids has shown to decrease many of these disease symptoms.
- Dull and Dry Hair Coat
Because of the high concentration of fatty acids in skin cells, it has long been known that an increase in omega-3 fatty acids has improved dull and dry hair coats. Hair coats which are dull, dry, and brittle often respond to supplementation with both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Decreased shedding is one welcomed side effect! Also, for outer dry patches like on the nose or elbows or knees, you can simply rub topically as well as the traditional internal applications on food or stand-alone.
- Allergies and Autoimmune Conditions
These conditions occur because the immune system over-reacts. Fatty acids can lessen the harmful effects of these inflammatory responses.
Research is showing that omega-3 fatty acids, especially EPA, may be helpful in reducing the inflammation associated with arthritis, therefore decreasing the pain.
- Inflammatory Diseases
Other diseases which are accompanied by inflammation such as ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis may respond to the anti-inflammatory effects of certain fatty acids
- Yeast Infections
Fatty acids have been shown to slow down the growth of common yeast infections in dogs and cats.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to slow the development and metastasis of certain cancers. Omega-6’s, on the other hand, have been shown to stimulate tumor development.
- Brain and Eye Development
In addition to their effects on the developing immune system, omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA and EPA, have proven essential for proper development of the retina and visual cortex.
In some animals, fatty acids alone can decrease inflammation or itching to an acceptable level. More often, fatty acids are used in conjunction with other therapies. Fatty acids have a synergistic effect with both antihistamines and steroids, and the use of a fatty acid supplement can often decrease or eliminate the necessary dose of other medications.
Since fatty acids need to be incorporated into cell membranes, they usually do not have an immediate effect. Supplements must be given daily, as they take time to build up in the body – a single dose will not offer relief. Many veterinary dermatologists recommend that fatty acids be used for 9-12 weeks to see optimum results.
Side Effects of Fatty Acid Supplementation
There are few side effects to supplementing fatty acids. At extremely high doses, the most serious, but rare complication, is pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis is the sudden onset of pancreatic inflammation and can cause dehydration, pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
Because they are indeed fats, they do also add calories. If pets are on large doses of fatty acids, owners must monitor calories intake to prevent weight gain. Also because of the fatty component, some pets may develop diarrhea from over supplementation. Often, starting at a low dose and gradually working up to a therapeutic dose can prevent this problem.
Fatty acids have been shown to be important in the health of skin, coat, joints, and other body systems. They have also been shown to reduce symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, even slowing the progression of some types of cancers. The different fatty acids have different effects and the choice of supplements may vary. For dry skin and dull hair coats, supplements high in LA are recommended. For allergies and any other inflammatory process, supplements with the omega-3 fatty acids EPA, DHA, and omega-6 GLA are most effective. From the average pet whose owner may want to decrease shedding to dogs with severe inflammatory conditions, omega fatty acid supplementation has many benefits.