Research shows that feeding companion animals a diet with essential fatty acids (omega-6’s and omega-3’s) can support skin and coat health. Omega-3 fatty acids may also support healthy brain cells and thus, learning ability, as well as nutritionally support the natural healing process. One source of essential fatty acids is flax meal. The oil in flax meal is a good source of alpha-linolenic acid, which is the parent compound of other omega-3 fatty acids.
Cats and dogs benefit from a precise ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids and flaxseed oil or meal contributes to that targeted ratio in pet food diets. Preliminary research suggests that the proper ratio of these fatty acids can help manage inflammatory diseases. Many premium pet foods now contain flaxseed to balance the fatty acid profile that can impact companion animal skin coat and health.