Companion Animal

Research has proven that DHA-omega-3 is an important nutrient for humans – now, a growing body of evidence is indicating that many of the same benefits of DHA omega-3 apply to companion animals as well!

Did you know?

  • In companion animals, DHA omega-3 is considered a functional fat because it participates in important structural and functional cellular processes.
  • In the brain and eyes of cats and dogs, DHA deposits heavily and is important for their proper development and function.
  • Shorter chain omega-3's like alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), commonly found in flaxseed and vegetable oils, do not efficiently convert to long chain DHA.

 

Benefits of DHAgoldTM

  • Due to the inefficient conversion of shorter chain omega-3s (e.g. ALA from flax), a regular intake of DHA is recommended for companion animals.
  • A preformed source of DHA is particularly important in supporting the developing nervous systems of puppies.
  • Increased dietary intake of DHA in juvenile dogs has also been shown to support visual function and trainability.
  • Because of the benefits it provides, DHA is considered "conditionally essential" for puppies.
  • Higher dietary levels of DHA have been observed in dogs with more favorable dispositions and may support heart health and joint health in adult dogs.
  • In cats, a dietary supply of DHA appears to be conditionally essential for the proper accumulation of both neural and retinal DHA.
  • A 2013 study showed that a group of 8 to 10 year old beagle dogs fed food containing DHAgold for 6 months had significantly improved memory and visual performance compared to the control group.

Feeding DHAgold

DHAgold is a high quality, natural source of DHA used in a variety of prepared pet foods, supplements, and treats.

Please contact us to request the name of products containing DHAgold or for more information if you are interested in adding DHAgold to a commercial line of pet foods, treats, or supplements.

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For those interested in adding DHAgold to a commercial line of pet foods, treats or supplements, contact us at petfood.nbd@dsm.com for more information.