Excerpt by Jade Butler – R.R.T, R.C.P.
A lot of nutrition conscious veterinarians are beginning to recommend to their clients that they supplement their animals’ diet with a daily dose of Omega 3 Oils, poured over the food. The vets are finding remarkable results in clearing up skin conditions, relieving arthritic and inflammatory pain, as well as improved over all pet health.
Mr. Paul Stitt, while addressing a scientific conference in North Dakota reported that the Omega’s increased bone strength as well as improved the silkiness and sheen of animals’ fur. When the diets of horses were fortified with Omega’s, within three weeks their coats developed a beautiful sheen and dandruff was greatly diminished. Within 9 months cracked hooves were completely healed. When a pregnant mare was fed the Omega’s her offspring were larger and grew faster than when previous to being fed the supplement.
Further research indicates that horses fed 3 Omega supplementation and injected with the deadly organism Escherichia coli were better protected than those not supplemented, suggesting enhanced immunity in these animals. Selected Alaskan sled dog mushers are fortifying their dogs diet with Omega Oils as they feel it serves as a source of valuable energy, keeps less desirable saturated fats mobile in the blood stream, increases oxygen uptakes to the cell, decreases recovery time from strenuous exercise and prevents and heals worn and chaffed paws. Numerous studies conducted on animals and humans show that the Omega cluster has powerful anti-tumour properties and may reduce tumour size by 50%.
Due to their influence on inflammatory processes such as arthritis, dietary supplementation with omega fatty acids-such as found in hemp seed oil, has generated considerable interest in the medical and scientific communities regarding veterinary health. Enhanced 3 Omega intake has been associated with a reduction in the incidence and severity of coronary artery disease, hypertension, hyper-lipidemia, as well as immune mediated joint, renal, gastrointestinal, respiratory and skin disease. In addition to their role in disease prevention and treatment, this class of fatty acids has also been implicated as an aid to athletic performance.
Arleigh J Reynolds, DMV, PhD, DACVN – Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition, College of Veterinary Medicine
Arthritis Resource Center – Omega 3 and Omega 6 for Arthritis Pain Relief in Canines
Approximately 25-30% of family pets suffer from arthritis. Broadly described by most vets as DJD (degenerative joint disease), arthritis in pets is just as painful and debilitating as it is in humans. Part of the pain problems associated with osteoarthritis results from inflammation. An interesting observation was made in some clinical studies in the mid 1990’s and is noted in Dr. Atkins “Diet Revolution”. (Avon Books) The doctor suggests that a principal ingredient in the fight against arthritis should be Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids. And why is that? Because this essential acid clearly demonstrates that omega 3 relieves both arthritis pain and inflammation.
What may be the most interesting fact about Dr. Atkins recommendation is that clinical studies have confirmed that the use of Omega 3 standing alone dramatically reduced the pain suffered by those with rheumatoid arthritis allowing them to lessen their dependence on other drugs.
This leads full circle back to some of the other methods of successfully beating arthritis pain. Diet in general also plays a significant role in the overall picture. By eating less saturated fats, we are in effect taking away one of our body’s means of producing inflammation. Conversely, by increasing the intake of Omega 3 and Omega 6 we are assisting and encouraging the body to produce anti-inflammatory defence mechanisms.
Are there any other benefits that we might gain through the use of Omega 3 and Omega 6 The answer is clearly, yes.
Arteriosclerosis is cited as the greatest factor in deaths in this country today. (Thickening in the lining of artery walls, which lead to heart disease.) the ingestion of Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids therefore benefits the body in still one more way. We actually reduce the risk of developing heart disease and suffering cardiac arrest through the supplementation with the Omega oils.
University of Kentucky – Implications of Nutrition on Feline Hepatic Fatty Acid Metabolism
The essential fatty acids-omega 3, 6 and 9, linoleic acid, linolenic Acid and gamma-linolenic acid as found in Hemp Seed Oil are essential for the health of the feline liver. If a dietary deficiency of EFA’s occurs or is induced in the feline, classic symptoms such as growth retardation, sterility, fatigue, fatty liver, irritability and poor immune system response result.
Geza G. Bruckner, PhD – Professor, Department of clinical sciences/Division of clinical Nutrition