Why I Don't Use Chia and Flax Seeds as A Source of Omega-3's

A few people asked me if flax seed was a good substitute instead of fish on my recent post about adding omega-3’s to your pet’s food. The answer to this is: no. What are the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids? “Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for cognitive function (brain memory and performance)” (University of Maryland). Omega-3’s also help alleviate allergies, yeast infections, and other forms of inflammation. Fish, or properly sourced fish oils, contain omega-3 fatty acids. Flax, chia, and hemp seeds also contain fatty acids. H

Improve Kibble by Adding:

For those that aren’t able to fully feed raw, this is another way to improve your dog’s kibble: add smelt or sardines! 🐟 These fish provide omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients to your dogs kibble, which they desperately need! Your dogs dry food is depleted of omega-3’s during the high-temperature cooking process. What’s left, is an overabundance of omega-6 fatty acids. This leads to inflammation in your dogs body. Inflammation can be in the form of arthritis, obesity, IBD, red and itchy skin, fur loss, and tumors. Adding omega-3’s back into your dogs dry food can help with the above health issues, as well as helping dogs with seizures, kidney disease, and heart disease (Dr. Barbara Roya