When it comes to supporting a pet’s skin and coat, many pet parents are most familiar with salmon as a source of Omega-3 fatty acids. They may feed a diet that includes salmon or add a salmon oil supplement to their dog or cat’s food. But did you know sardine is a better, more cost-effective source of Omega-3 than salmon? Yes, this little fish, so often met with a crinkled nose when used as a pizza topping, is a nutrient-packed “Super-hero” that can benefit your dog or cat in a multitude of ways you may not know about!
Benefits of Omega-3 and Other Essential Fatty Acids Found in Sardine
Omega 3 fatty acids are considered “essential fatty acids”. Mammals need these fatty acids, but their bodies cannot synthesize them, so these nutrients need to be obtained through food. Sardines are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, well-known for their ability to help pets with dry, itchy skin and promote a healthy coat. But there are many other, lesser-known benefits of this essential fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids also help protect against heart disease and progressive retinal atrophy, an inherited disease of the eye that causes a dog to eventually become blind.
The Omega-3 fatty acid, DHA (Doco-sahexaenoic acid), is plentiful in sardines. DHA is crucial to unborn puppies when it comes to proper development of their immune, nervous and endocrine systems in addition to brain development.
Also present in sardine is Lysine. Lysine is an essential fatty acid that aids in repairing soft tissue damage caused by infection or disease. It also supports the healthy functioning of most other organs and systems in the body.
More Nutritional Benefits of Sardine
Sardine also contains CoenzymeQ10, an antioxidant, which promotes a strong immune system and healthy circulation. This healthy fish is also a wonderful source of naturally-occurring calcium and Vitamin D, making these important nutrients more easily absorbed and utilized by your pet’s body. Also found in the sardine are nutrients such as Vitamins A, B, and K, and the minerals iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. These great nutrients support energy levels, reproductive health support and joint building.
Finally, sardines do not have the heavy metal build-up often found in other fish eaten as food. This is due to the natural habitat of sardines, which is in colder waters found deeper below the surface. Also, they are a small, immature species with a short lifespan, so they have less time to accumulate toxins in their bodies.
New Nature's Logic Sardine Formula
Recently, Nature's Logic introduced a new Sardine flavor to its line of Canine Dinner Fare canned foods. Sardine is an excellent source of protein that is high in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Our Sardine formula contains no chicken ingredients (for those looking for new proteins for their rotation), and is a very palatable flavor for dogs.
Nature's Logic also offers an all natural supplement, North Atlantic Sardine Oil, which contains more EPA and DHA than Salmon Oil and has naturally lower levels of environmental contaminants. By Supplementing Nature’s Logic North Atlantic Sardine Oil’s natural rich source of long chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids, you are adding one of nature’s most bio-available sources of these nutrients to your pet’s diet.
Like all Nature's Logic foods, the new Sardine formula is nutrient dense, high in animal protein, and free of gluten and other common allergens including corn, wheat, rice, soy, tapioca and potato. It is made with 100% natural ingredients, and contains no chemically synthesized vitamins, minerals, or amino acids. All nutrients in Nature's Logic come from whole foods and natural ingredients, and nothing is ever man-made. For more information about Nature's Logic, visit www.natureslogic.com.
Have you tried sardine in your pet’s diet?