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Essential Fatty Acids

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The use of essential fatty acids is vital in any format of nutrition. The use of fish based or plant based oils are the most common forms of supplemental EFA’s. An essential fatty acid is something that the body cannot produce on it’s own and must be supplemented into the diet. Omega 6 is the only essential fatty acid for dogs and cats, although both Omega 3 and Omega 6 are recommended as a combination.

Where the B.A.R.F. diet requires Omega 3 and 6 supplementation, any diet could benefit as well, including any kibble based diet or dehydrated/ freeze dried diet. Common Omega 3 and 6 sources include: Salmon Oil, Pollock Oil, Coconut Oil, Flax oil, all-in-one combinations are also available. Once opened these oils (with the exception of coconut oil) should be refrigerated to maintain their benefits.

Benefits of Fatty Acids (Omega 3 and 6 combination)

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Aids in cardiovascular function (i.e. heart health)
  • Improved skin and coat (i.e. less shedding)
  • Digestive health
  • benefits the nervous system and eye function
  • Improves cognitive function

Efficiency of Oil

  1. Salmon Oil  – most readily bio-available for dogs
  2. Pollock Oil
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Flax Oil – least readily bio-available for dogs

Other Sources of Omega 3 and 6

  • Salmon, tuna and other fish meat
  • Eggs
  • Spirulina
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Raw Organ Meats

 

Additional Resources

 Flax Council – Omega 3 Enriched Eggs

Walk N Roll Over – Coconut Oil

The Whole Dog Journal – Salmon Oil

Food Sources of Omega 3 Fats – based towards human nutrition

Dogs Naturally – Omega 3

The Dog Food Project – Essential Fatty Acids

 

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Nupro All Natural Supplement for Dogs

 

I like to try new supplements, foods, toys and treats on my dogs to see how they like them and I’d like to share my experiences with you.

Nupro is a All-In-One supplement with natural ingredients to re-enforce supplementation with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and omega fatty acids. It contains Decciated Liver, Norwegian Kelp, Amino Acids and Enzymes, Yeast Cultures, Flaxseed, Lecithin, Garlic, Calcium Citrate and Lactobacillus Acidophilus. It looks like a brown powder and almost smells like gravy in the container. When added directly to the kibble or B.A.R.F. diet with water it mixes in smoothly and smells delicious. When trying to make just the gravy alone with water the kelp and heavier ingredients sink to the bottom making a kind of slush. I’ve tried it on both Vitzy (mixed in with her freeze-dried mix) and Tucker (In his kibble) and both of them polished off their bowls in minimum time. I used it for a two week period and stopped for a day to see what they would do… both stared into their dishes and looked back up to me as if to say “What am I supposed to do with this now?”. From the dogs it gets a Two-Paws up and is added to my regime of supplements.

Benefits of Nupro
– Complete Multivitamin/ Mineral supplement which can be added to any diet (kibble, Raw, dehydrated raw, freeze dried, home made, and any variation thereof)
– Promotes hair growth and stops itchy dry skin
– Steadies nerves (as proper nutrient absorption allows for better flow of nutrient absorption)
– Norwegian Kelp contains vitamins such as A, B1, B2, C and E which helps with bone and muscle growth. And also contains Iodine for proper glandular function and metabolism.
– Bee Pollen contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Is known to support the immune system and supports allergy protection.
– Yeast Culture contains proteins, Zinc and Biotin. Which is beneficial to the skin and coat, helping with dry itchy skin, hot spots and excessive shedding.
– Flaxseed contains Omega 3 fatty acids which help with the skin and coat
– Lecithin which contains choline which supports nerve, brain and liver function.
– Garlic contains Allicin and anti-microbial source is used to support the immune system.
– Lactobacillus Acidophilus is a probiotic allowing for gut friendly bacteria and a healthy digestive system.
– Calcium Citrate supports healthy bones, teeth and nerve function

Ways to use Nupro
– As a delicious food topper (gravy)
– Add water to the mix and freeze in ice cube trays for a quick nutritious treat
– Add Nupro to home made biscuits for dogs, for an added plus of vitamins and minerals

 

Website

NUPRO Supplements

 

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Amazing Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is a supplement that can benefit both people and animals. Its properties have been known to be antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal and it also has beneficial properties when used both topically and orally.

Coconut oil is pressed from fresh coconuts and should be cold-pressed, unrefined, unbleached and extra virgin. Meaning the product should not be tampered with, and is often best found in its natural form in Health food stores. The unique thing about the fat in coconut oil is the fact that it contains (MCT’s) Medium Chain Triglycerides, which the body can break down in the Liver to promote efficient burning of energy and is also considered a healthy source of fat. The great thing about MCT’s are they are easily burned energy and can often assist with weight-loss programs. Other health benefits of using Coconut Oil are: Healthy skin and coat, immune system support and when applied externally it’s healing and soothing.

A Few Benefits for Humans

– Reduces Cholesterol (as Lauric acid increases the good cholesterol to improve ratio levels)

– Improves Insulin use (and blood sugar levels)

– Can Improve Alzheimer’s disease

– Improves many skin disorders (fungal infections, eczema, acne, etc.)

– Kills many bacteria and Viruses

 

A Few Benefits for Animals

– Improves skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, dermatitis, and dry itchy skin

– Reduces Allergic Reactions

– Disinfects and promotes healing of wounds, hot spots, dry skin and bug bites

– Improves digestion and nutrient absorption

– Helps reduce weight and increases energy

– Aids in Arthritis

 

In Closing, Coconut Oil is an amazing supplement that can be used by both people and animals. It is delicious as a topper on popcorn, or for use in cooking (works great in stir-fry’s). Or when used to benefit your animals health, It is a great alternative to many new synthesized sources of nutrients. An added plus it tastes delicious, my dogs love it mixed in their dinner (they lick around the kibble or raw patties to get at it first).

 

Additional Resources

Coconut Oil.com

Coco Therapy

Dogs Naturally Magazine – Coconut Oil

Dr. Oz – Coconut Oil

Whole Dog Journal – Cancer Prevention (Coconut Oil)