Omega 3 & 6 for Cats & Dogs

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Information on the oils we supply at
Raw Nature Pet Food Shop

Blackcurrant Oil
(active omega 6)
Blackcurrant oil contains high levels of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). It is an activated omega 6 oil that can be utilised by both cats and dogs. GLA is a powerful anti-inflammatory, which can help to treat painful joints and the inflammation caused by gastrointestinal upsets. Due to its anti-viral properties it can help to prevent and spread infection. This is particularly good omega 6 oil for older animals that can no longer convert LA to GLA.

Borage Oil
(active omega 6)
Borage has a very high concentration of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) an excellent omega 6 fatty acid for cats and dogs. It is known to improve the condition of the skin, stimulate the immune system and act as an anti-inflammatory. As a result, the GLA in Borage helps with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions in the body. This is an excellent omega 6 oil for elderly animals that have less mobility than their younger four legged friends. Borage is an activated Omega 6 which means it’s easily utilised by cats and dogs.
As borage contains very small amounts of alkaloids (which can be toxic to the liver) it should be alternated with another omega 6 fatty acid such as evening primrose oil.
Add a capsule of Borage to approx 400g food

Chia Seeds
(inactive omega 3&6)
Chia seeds are very high in both omega 3 & 6. They are also a well-rounded source of high quality protein, carbohydrates, fats and fibre. Chia seeds have anti-inflammatory properties due to the omega 3, however the form of omega 3 in Chia is ALA, which is not easily utilised by cats and dogs. Therefore, chia seeds are most beneficial for their omega 6 content, which is essential and beneficial for growth, triggering the immune response and for a healthy nervous system. Chia seeds once in the gut swell and absorb toxins as they move along the colon. This not only cleanses the digestive tract but also encourages healthy peristalsis and bowel movement. Chia seeds are also a great source of antioxidants, iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. In human studies Chia Seeds are shown to lower blood pressure and stabilise blood sugar levels.
½ tsp per 200g food (more can be given if more fibre is required in the diet)

Coconut Oil
Coconuts contain a rich source of lauric acid, which is known for its anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Incidentally, Lauric acid is abundantly found in human breast milk. Once in the body, Lauric Acid produces a substance called monoglyceride monolaurin. This is the substance that fights infection. Like the coconut flesh, it is packed full of medium chain fatty acids which are instantly processed by the liver and can be used as energy. Basically these medium chains require less energy and less enzymes to digest so are absorbed very quickly into the blood stream. Due to their easy processing, these medium chain fatty acids support the immune system, liver, thyroid gland, nervous system and skin, whilst providing fast energy. Coconut is also high in albumin, which assist in the formation of red blood cells.
As coconut is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, you may find that your cat or dog goes through a detoxification process. Coconut oil does contain a small amount of omega 6.
Used externally, it’s great for hot spots and other skin wounds.
Add 1 tsp to every 400grams of food.

Cod Liver Oil
(active Omega 3)
Cod Liver oil is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Abundant in the omega 3’s, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), this oil is excellent for overall good health. One teaspoon of cod liver oil contains 4500iu Vitamin A and 450iu of Vitamin D. Whilst Vitamins A and D are essential for good health, care should be taken not to overdose on these fat soluble vitamins as they can be overdosed. DHA is essential for the health of our eyes and nervous system and for preventing depression. EPA is the fatty acid, which promotes cardiovascular health, decreases inflammation and like DHA, has a strong link to emotional health. Vitamin A is necessary for proper vision, healthy skin and a healthy lining on the digestive tract. Vitamin D is essential for strong bones and teeth, efficiency of the immune system and it helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
Vitamin A and D can be overdosed so don’t give your pet more than the recommended dosage.
Dosage ¼ tsp for 5kg body weight (3-4 times per week)

Evening Primrose Oil
(active Omega 6)
Evening Primrose is an active Omega 3 oil, which acts as an anti-inflammatory, maintains a healthy heart and improves the skin elasticity. The powerful fatty acid in Evening Primrose is GLA (gamma linolenic acid). GLA is responsible for an essential hormone called ‘prostaglandin.’ Prostaglandins are required for the maintenance and repair carried out in the body. A deficiency of them can lead to an array of health problems.
Dosage: 1 capsule per 400g food

Flaxseed Oil
(inactive Omega 3&6)
Flaxseed oil (inactive) contains both Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils. However, cats and dogs cannot very effectively utilise the omega 3 as it is in the form of ‘alpha linolenic acid.’ As a result, flaxseed oil is really only beneficial for its high content of Omega 6 which is excellent for the skin, immune system and bowel health. As flaxseed oil spoils very quickly after opening, it should be kept refrigerated and sealed as often as possible. If you plan to use very little of this oil for your pet, its best to purchase the individual capsules or choose another, more robust Omega 6 oil.

Olive Oil
First cold pressed
This is a good source of Vitamin E. A phytonutrient (oleocanthal) present in olive oil acts as an impressive anti-inflammatory. Rich in anti-oxidants (polyphenols), olive oil assists in overall internal health.

Safflower Oil
inactive Omega6)
High in Omega 6 fatty acids, safflower oil assists overall health, reduces inflammation, improves cardiovascular health.
This oil is polyunsaturated (rather than monounsaturated) which is high in Linoleic Acid and not suitable for cooking. Linoleic acid has been claimed to help heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and is known to improve the health of the arteries. The vitamin E in Safflower oil assists with the destruction of free radicals in the body and helps to strengthen the immune system. Polyunsaturated Safflower Oil can significantly help with the condition of the coat. It is one of the highest plant forms of Omega 6 being approximately 80% omega 6.
Add 1 tsp to 400g food

Salmon Oil
(active Omega 3)
Salmon oil is a superior form of Omega 3 fatty acids. It improves the health of the heart by reducing the inflammation, which leads to heart disease. It boosts brain function and is known to improve emotional state. Being an excellent anti inflammatory, Salmon Oil relieves arthritis and reduces the risk of your pet developing kidney disease. Another benefit is the reduction or elimination of allergies in cats and dogs. If your pet has an allergy, this oil is worth the extra cost.
As salmon oil is lower in Vitamin A than Cod Liver Oil it’s a better choice for cats and dogs. Vitamin A can be overdosed so care should be taken.
Dosage ¼ tsp for 5kg body weight (daily)

Shark Liver Oil
(active Omega 3)
Shark Liver oil whilst being an Omega 3 fatty acid, it also contains a rich source of ‘alkylglycerols.’ These chemicals may have anti-cancer properties by fighting cancer cells directly. They also help against flu, chronic infections, asthma, arthritis and other diseases, which require an efficient immune response. Shark Liver Oil contains omega 3, EPA, DHA and Vitamins A & D.
Dosage ¼ tsp for 5kg body weight (daily)

Sunflower Oil
(inactive Omega 6)
Organic and cold pressed
There are several types of sunflower oil. In particular, Linoleic acid sunflower oil is mainly composed of omega 6 fatty acids, however it’s very unstable and prone to oxidation. High Oleic sunflower oil has less omega 3 fatty acids but it has a longer shelf life. Sunflower oil is an inactive Omega 6 oil, which means that cats have no use for it and not all dogs have the ability to utilize it. However it is a good source of Vitamin E and still provides assistance to the immune system, helps to prevent dry skin and contributes to overall good health.
Cold pressed sunflower oil means that the nutrients and natural antioxidant activity have not been damaged by heat or chemical extraction

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants remove free radicals from the body (unstable compounds that damage our cells). Vitamin E prevents blood platelets from clumping which assists blood flow. It maintains healthy nerves and prevents cataracts. Vitamin E nourishes our cells and in doing so, improves the health of the skin and coat. It also acts as a natural preservative which extends the shelf life of the other oils in its presence.
As Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, care should be taken not to overdose on this supplement. There are various types of Vitamin E, some better than others. The most superior form of vitamin E is natural mixed tocopherols, which provide not only the most natural form of vitamin E but also acts to preserve the oil blend and extend the shelf life.
Dosage 100iu for every 5kg body weight

Wild Fish Oil
(active Omega 3)
Wild fish oil is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Abundant in the omega 3’s, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), this oil is excellent for overall good health. EPA and DHA are present in cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and halibut. These active forms of Omega 3 are highly beneficial to the cardiovascular system, arthritis by reducing inflammation, they supports brain cells, are excellent for nerve and eye health and can really improve the quality of skin and coat condition. Omega 3 is excellent for pets with Kidney Disease as it improves blood flow, acting as a vasodilator and allowing the kidneys to filter under a little less pressure.
Dosage ¼ tsp for 5kg body weight (daily)

(inactive Omega 6)
Wheat Germ Oil is a great source of Omega 6 and vitamin E. Whilst the Omega 6 is known to improve heart health and reduce inflammation, the vitamin E does its job as an anti oxidant, destroying free radicals in the body. Wheat germ oil also assists the skin and can improve blood circulation. It breaks down quite quickly though, so needs to be kept refrigerated and in an airtight bottle. It has quite a strong taste and may not be popular with fussy cats and dogs.
½ tsp in 400g food
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*Like all other forms of holistic and naturopathic healing modalities natural supplements are not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment.  If your pet is sick, the best place to start is a diagnosis from your Vet.

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