OmegaQuant (Sioux Falls, SD) has introduced an Omega-3 index test for pets. Pet owners can take the sample collection kit to the vet to measure their pet’s omega-3 levels and determine if dietary intervention is required. Not only can it help pet owners determine if their pets need more EPA and DHA in their diet, but also if they are getting too much of it
“There is a growing trend among veterinarians and pet owners to give omega-3s to pets such as dogs either in fortified foods or as dietary supplements,” said Kristina Harris Jackson, research director at OmegaQuant, who developed the Omega-3 Index for pets . “As with humans, the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA can help with health problems that have an inflammatory component, but knowing how to dose them is important. For example, with highly concentrated fish oils, you need to make sure you don’t overdo it with EPA and DHA while also giving your pets enough to reach therapeutic omega-3 levels. We believe this test will close the loop for pet owners and veterinarians and give them the ability to administer omega-3s to their pets with a little more precision and peace of mind. “
It is important to note that the optimal omega-3 index for pets is 3%, while for humans it is 8%. In addition, the pet test must be done by veterinarians as it requires a blood draw. EPA and DHA can have numerous benefits for pets, including heart, brain, and joint health, immune support, and healthy skin and coat.