Seafood is a wonderful supplement to pet’s diet because it contains different nutrients from the usual food that we feed our pets. One example is Omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Seafood is choked-full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which has many health benefits for our pets.
Omega-3 fatty acids is not produced by the body and must be taken in the diet. It decreases inflammation in their body (good for their joints), promotes good skin and coat, strengthens the heart, and boosts our pet’s immune system.
If you have ever taken a look at a slab of salmon, you will see that most of the fats are beneath the skin. While we generally avoid feeding our dogs fatty food, the fats from salmon is high in Omega-3 and is good for our dogs. Our preparation method retains all these Omega-3 oils so our dogs can benefit while enjoying the treats.
Shishamo is a fatty smelt that has a higher proportion of Omega-3 goodness your dog will love. It is also an excellent source of calcium, selenium, and Vitamin Bs (Vit B-12, Thiamin, Niacin, Riboflavin). Selenium is a critical mineral in the functioning of your pet’s immune system, while Vitamin Bs are important in many aspects of your pet’s health, from the nervous system to the brain, to the metabolism etc.
Another superfood for our pets! Green-lipped mussel (“GLM”) contains nutrients such as:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamins and minerals such as zinc, copper, iodine, and manganese among others
- Amino acids
- Glucosamine and chondroitin
In particular, GLM has been shown to be highly effective for arthritis. The nutrients “act synergistically to reduce inflammation and pain, to limit further cartilage degeneration and, potentially, to support the regeneration of damaged joint cartilage and synovial fluid.”
Technically not a “sea”food, but a novel protein that is low in fat. If your dog loves chicken or duck feet but is allergic to poultry, try frog legs!
Frog leg is rich in protein and potassium, and yet has only half the calorific value of chicken by weight. What a healthy snacc this makes!