The National Research Council (NRC),1 and more recently the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO),2 have established recommendations of omega-3 fatty acids for dogs and cats (Tables 1 and 2). AAFCO is a voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies that regulate the sale and distribution of animal feed, including pet food. The AAFCO Official Publication includes minimum, and some maximum, nutrient requirements with which ‘complete and balanced’ pet foods sold in the United States must comply. Thus, changes in the nutrient profiles in the AAFCO Official Publication has a significant impact on pet food formulation. The addition of omega-3 fatty acid requirements to the AAFCO Official Publication for the first time in 2016 means that pet food manufacturers will be reviewing their formulations to ensure compliance, thereby paving the way for increased demand for omega-3 rich ingredients such as flaxseed.
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Commercially manufactured pet food is heavily made up of omega-6 fatty acids such as animal fats and vegetable oils. This has resulted in a highly unbalanced ratio between the omega-3s and omega-6s, preventing them from working together and contributing to chronic health issues for dogs.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids are very popular nutritional supplements for dogs
Many people have heard about the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids for humans. Did you know that they are also very good for dogs? Many dog foods already have them added, for a good reason. Some people choose to supplement them into their dog’s diet, as well. Fatty acids are specific types of healthy, polyunsaturated fats. Omega-3’s and Omega-6 fatty acids are the two main classes. Alpha-linolenic acid is the most commonly-known Omega-3 fatty acid. Linoleic acid and Gamma linoleic acid are the main types of Omega-6 fatty acids.
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