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Omega Fatty Acids; Essential for Us AND for Our Pups

Written by Guest Blogger, Vanessa Chung with SimpleWag

We all know that omega fatty acids are essential to our health. But did you know our pups need these fatty acids as well?

Fish oil for dogs is a great way to incorporate many essential fatty acids into our pup’s diet since it does provide omega-3s and omega-6s. However, there is one omega that doesn’t get the credit it deserves: omega-7. While fish oil isn’t a great source of omega-7, there is a plant-based oil that is a great multivitamin and has a high level of omega-7s and other EFAs: sea buckthorn oil!

What Is Sea Buckthorn Oil?

Sea buckthorn may sound like a type of seaweed or species of sea cucumber, but it’s actually just a plant with a cool name!

Sea buckthorns are bushes that grow in the mountainous and coastal regions of Eurasia. The oil is extracted from the berries and seeds cultivated from the shrubs, and have been used for centuries by civilizations as a natural medicine for both skin and general health.

In addition to being abundant in omega 7 (also known as palmitoleic acid), sea buckthorn oil has a number of other fatty acids and vitamins including omegas 3 and 6 and vitamins A, B, C, and E!

Benefits of Sea Buckthorn Oil for Dogs

Sea buckthorn oil is a great way to give your dog an EFA and vitamin-packed health boost, naturally! Here are some of the ways they can benefit from the healing properties of this ancient medicine:

  • Skincare and Haircare. The omega-7 fatty acid in sea buckthorn oil helps to keep your dog’s skin hydrated, while vitamins C and E help to keep their coats shiny and healthy!
  • Heart Health. Omega-7 is a polyunsaturated fat that helps to keep the artery passages clear and make it easier for blood to flow through the cardiovascular system.
  • Allergies. In addition to being high in antioxidants, sea buckthorn oil also contains omega-3, which can help your pup fight the inflammatory response to allergens!
  • Brain Health. Rich in all the important omega and vitamins, sea buckthorn oil can help support the health and function of your pup’s brain!

Conclusion

While this supplement may not be available at your local big-name pet or grocery stores, there are many brands online that offer sea buckthorn products specifically for animals. Like any supplement, it is best to consult your pet’s veterinarian and assess their health needs before administering a new component to their lifestyle. Overall, sea buckthorn oil is a perfect all-natural, multi-functional supplement for your dog (and for you!) that is plant-based and sustainable!

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Vanessa Chung is a senior at Cal State Fullerton studying Business Administration with a concentration in Entertainment and Hospitality Management. In addition to writing for SimpleWag, she loves to photograph everything from plants to food. You can follow her food adventures on Instagram @adventurouseats and her daily life adventures @nessiequik