Featured Ingredient: Fish Oil
Fish oil is a new ingredient to the OSCAR dog range and gives some great added benefits to the food. I've spoken to our experts to find out more about fish oil and how it benefits the pets we feed.
As with all OSCAR Pet Foods we are proud of our Honest Label policy. If you know what's in the bowl - you know what's in your pet!
Question 1) What is Fish Oil?
Answer) Fish oil found in the OSCAR dog range comes from Atlantic Salmon. The Atlantic salmon we use are reared in Scottish sea lochs under carefully controlled natural and environmental conditions.
Question 2) How does fish oil in the diet benefit OSCAR fed dogs?
Answer) Fish oil is made-up of lots of different fatty acids. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and contains omega-6 fatty acid. Both play an important role in inflammation within the body. Omega-6 fatty acid promotes inflammation whilst omega-3 fatty acid reduces inflammation. Both are required in the healing of cell injuries. OSCAR diets have the correct ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids to control inflammation, whilst supporting the healing process.
Question 3) What is DHA Omega-3?
Answer) DHA (or Docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid found throughout the body. DHA has many key roles in the development and maintenance of healthy body function, particularly brain, retina, heart, joint and cell function.
Question 4) What benefit does DHA offer?
Answer) One of the most important benefits of DHA is its role in the structure and functional processes of the brain.
During pregnancy omega-3 DHA is thought to have a positive effect on foetal neural development, supporting normal brain and eye development. Puppies fed diets enriched with DHA, and born from mothers fed diets enriched with DHA during their pregnancy, have been found to be more trainable.
The importance of DHA for the brain suggests it may help to support cognitive function in older dogs.
Question 5) What benefits do Omega-3's offer?
Answer) Omega-3's are thought to give shinier coats and improved coat health. Omega-3's are also important for skin condition and paw pad quality. A deficiency in essential fatty acids can lead to scaly skin, dry skin and alopecia. Omega 3's hold important anti-inflammatory properties.
Question 6) Tell me something interesting about fish oil
Answer) The fish oil used in our diets, is gently released from the fresh salmon fish tissue by a natural process. No harsh chemicals or high temperatures are used. Salmon oil retains its own antioxidant system to stabilise it and to protect against oxidation.