Let's talk fish
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The merits of a fish-based diet for pets
Everyone enjoys variety in their diet – this also rings true for when it comes to selecting an appropriate diet for your furry companion. Due to its rich nutritional value, cats and dogs can also enjoy fish as a source of meat protein in their diets which also add variety. We’ve jotted down a few ideas to encourage you to consider fish as part of a meat-rich diet for your beloved pet.
Fish is a great source of protein
Your pet needs protein. Protein is the body's building blocks. While plant and meat ingredients can contribute protein in the diet, protein derived from meat ingredients are generally more digestible and contain all the essential amino acids that your pets need. Fish as a meat ingredient is a great source of protein, containing all of the essential amino acids that your pets need in their diets to remain in tip-top health.
A fish rich diet provides a solid source of omega-3 fatty acids
Fish based diets are a great source of animal-based omega-3 fatty acids, which have important health benefits for cats and dogs. Omega-3 fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory properties, which makes diets rich in these fatty acids a great food option for dogs and cats suffering from inflammatory conditions, such as skin allergies and joint disease. It is also good for brain health and can be included as part of a patient’s cancer treatment.
When making a food purchase for your pet, choose diets with high levels of EPA and DHA to ensure that your pet is getting all the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in their diets.
Authored by Dr Natanya Smit, ACANA Technical Sales Representative BSc, BVSc.