Omega-3 Fatty Acids: An Excellent Anti-inflammatory
Omega-3 fatty acids have the ability to reduce inflammation through the high concentration of EPA—a fish-derived fatty acid which can minimize the formation of pro-inflammatory mediators similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). NSAIDs are the most widely used means of controlling the chronic inflammation of joint disease, but they can have side effects requiring frequent visits to your vet to monitor liver and kidney function.
The right kind of Omega-3s
It is important to recognize that omega-3 fatty acids derived from marine sources have the most anti-inflammatory benefit. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be obtained from plant sources such as flaxseed, but the low concentration of EPA means they have minimal anti-inflammatory benefits.
How much do I need?
While the idea of sprinkling fish oil on your pet’s current food may seem appealing, this may result in problems with palatability due to the odor and large amounts required for efficacy; and occasionally, dogs can develop diarrhea when fish oil is added to a standard diet too quickly.