Pet owners can bring the sample collection kit to the veterinarian to measure their pet’s omega-3 levels and determine whether dietary intervention needs to be taken.
OmegaQuant (Sioux Falls, SD) has launched an Omega-3 Index Test for pets. Pet owners can bring the sample collection kit to the veterinarian to measure their pet’s omega-3 levels and determine whether dietary intervention needs to be taken. Not only can it help pet owners determine whether their pets need more EPA and DHA in their diet, but also whether they are getting too much
“There is a rising trend among veterinarians and pet owners of giving companion animals like dogs omega-3s either in fortified foods or supplements,” said OmegaQuant’s director of research, Kristina Harris Jackson, who developed the Omega-3 Index for Pets. “Like in humans, the omega-3s EPA and DHA can help with health issues that have an underlying inflammatory component, but it’s important to know how to dose them. With high concentrate fish oils, for example, you need to make sure you aren’t overdoing it on the EPA and DHA, while at the same time giving pets enough to achieve therapeutic omega-3 levels. We believe this test will close the loop for pet owners and veterinarians and give them the ability to deliver omega-3s to their to their pets with a bit more precision and peace of mind.”
It's important to note that the optimal Omega-3 Index for pets is 3% while for humans it’s 8%. Additionally, the test for pets must be administered by veterinarians because it requires a blood draw. EPA and DHA can have numerous benefits for pets, including heart, brain, and joint health, immune support, as well as healthy skin and coat.