Just like most of us, your dog may not be getting the necessary nutrition they need from eating their regular diets alone (especially if they're on a kibble). Our meals have plenty of essential nutrients from just the meat, vegetables and seeds alone, but to top it all off and ensure your little friend is getting all the best nutrients and minerals alongside, we have added a range of healthy oils in each meal to promote optimum health.
Here are the four healthy oils you can find in our meals to have your dog’s immune systems and energy levels thriving!
Cod liver Oil
Thanks to its ability to not only provide vitamins D and A, you can also find that most of the health benefits of the cod liver are linked to the presence of two omega 3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Dogs that feed exclusively on processed pet foods with lots of grain and plant oils are at an especially high risk of having too much omega 6 fatty acids. Feeding such dogs with a combination of raw food with cod liver and other sources of omega 3 fatty acids is often beneficial and can be used in moderation to reduce dry coats and skin. Cod Liver Oil can also be used to reduce arthritis symptoms in dogs with its anti-inflammatory effects can go a long way in alleviating pain and stiffness.
This oil is high in alpha linoleic omega-3s, which puts it in the same ballpark as wild fish when it comes to boosting heart health. Like many of the other healthy oils, flaxseed oil also helps with mobility for arthritic dogs.
Flaxseeds also contain lignans, which can improve cardiovascular health. Similar to cod liver oil, the anti-inflammatory properties of flaxseed can help ease symptoms of arthritis, lower blood pressure, improve kidney function, and maintain healthy skin and coat in dogs.
Hemp Seed Oil
Not only to be used in times of sickness or distress, Hemp seed oil can truly be a highly beneficial addition to your dog’s diet to improve skin health in both dogs and cats, leaving them with a smooth and fluffy coat. Hemp seed oil has the perfect composition of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) like Omega 6 and Omega 3 in the ratio of 1:3. Omega fatty acids are one of the most important factors for skin and coat health in animals. The fact that it is a perfectly balanced source of Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids further magnifies the importance of incorporating hemp seed oil into our meals for your pets diet.
Last but not least, the wonderfully versatile coconut oil. Used for keeping hair, skin, and nails healthy as well as providing a range of benefits for the human body when consumed, you can only imagine the wonders it may do for your little friend!
Coconut oil contains four types of MCTs:
- Caproic acid (C6) : ~1% of coconut oil
- Caprylic acid (C8): ~7% of coconut oil; anti-fungal
- Capric acid (C10): ~7% of coconut oil; anti-fungal
- Lauric acid (C12): ~49% of coconut oil; antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral
The properties contained in coconut oil (particularly lauric acid) have been seen to improve dental health, such as reducing gingivitis and decreasing plaque formation. Feeding your dog coconut oil could be a treatment and preventative measure in keeping your dog’s mouth happy and healthy.
Coconut Oil has also demonstrated its effectiveness in improving your dog’s metabolism. A study by the NIH found that dogs whose diets were supplemented with MCTs had increased mitochondrial function as well as improved energy metabolism. Metabolism plays a critical role in aging and longevity. That is to say, higher metabolism has a positive correlation with your dog living longer.
Oils are often used to supplement or add fatty acids to a pet’s diet as they offer a lot of benefits. It’s one of the easiest ways to add nutrients to your dog’s diet as oils are somewhat discrete in food. Your pet may not properly absorb the fatty acids or may have allergies to certain foods that prevent them from getting proper nourishment. Ensuring your dog is getting sufficient nutrients from their diet is important in raising a healthy and happy pet.