When people think of omega fatty acids they tend to think about fish and fish oil as some fish contain high levels of the omega 3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA. “However,” explains our founder and CEO, Dr. Shannon Falconer, “something that many people don't realize is that fish don't make these fatty acids – instead, they obtain them from eating algae and phytoplankton, which are the actual producers of DHA and EPA."
Because Animals is committed to creating nutritious pet food without ever harming any animals or the environment. And this is why seaweed is the main ingredient, and main source of omega fatty acids, in our Omega & Probiotic Sprinkles (one for dogs, one for cats). Marine greens provide an absolute wealth of nutrients for humans and pets including essential vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants, omega fatty acids and prebiotic fiber.
The essential trace minerals help support healthy metabolic, cardiovascular and digestive functions, and the omega fatty acids, which we have found pet parents are most interested in, promote skin and coat health.
Seaweeds are a source of both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, including arachidonic acid (an omega 6 fatty acid that is essential for cats) and α-linolenic acid (an omega 3 fatty acid required by dogs). Our seaweed is also a great source of EPA, which is a star at reducing cellular inflammation.
All species of seaweed have their own unique nutritional advantages, which is why our Omega & Probiotic Sprinkles include seven (!) different seaweeds to maximize the goodness delivered to your pet. Our blend of dulse, nori, sea lettuce, wakame, kombu, longicruris and knotted wrack are all sustainably hand-harvested and sun-dried on the shores of the Canadian Atlantic.
So if you are looking for omega fatty acids for your dog or cat and want to avoid animal sources, seaweed is an excellent place to start.