BeneCoat Skin Care Formulas
BeneCoat® Skin Care Formulas for Dogs
Omega-6 Fatty Acids – Omega-6’s come from linoleic acid and are obtained by eating grains, seeds, nuts, leafy greens and vegetable oils.
Types of Omega-6’s Include:
Linoleic acid (LA)
Gamma linolenic acid (GLA)
Dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA)
Arachidonic acid (AA)
The second group is omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s originate from linolenic acid. They are in nuts, seeds, and certain oils. Some examples are flax seeds, walnuts, fish, and krill.
Types of Omega-3’s Include:
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
The Importance of Giving Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids to dogs.
Both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are essential to your dog’s overall health. They help contribute to a soft, shiny skin and coat while maintaining healthy eyes, heart, and immune system.
The benefits of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids begin at the cellular level. They help keep cell membranes permeable and flexible and allow nutrients and waste to pass more efficiently in and out of the cell.
Flexible cell membranes facilitate many of the different organs and systems in your dog’s body and lead to better energy production, oxygen uptake, and immune function.
In addition, omega-3 fatty acids are also shown to help:
eye, retinal and visual cortex development
maintenance of healthy blood pressure levels
regulation of blood clotting abilities
prevention of heart problems by decreasing triglyceride and cholesterol levels
improve skin allergies
enhance joint comfort
support brain function and behavior
Does My Dog Need Essential Fatty Acid Supplements?
Both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are critical for a dog’s overall health. They are vital for your dog's hair, skin, and coat as well as brain and immune function.
However, dogs need fatty acids that they cannot produce.
One of the most critical elements to consider when evaluating your dog’s dietary and supplement needs is whether or not he is receiving the proper balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The current veterinary and dietary ratio recommendation for Omega-3 to Omega-6 is 5:1.
Unfortunately, typical household pets don't receive the proper ratio.
Some store-bought dog food brands contain higher than necessary amounts of Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Livestock raised for the sole purpose of being turned into kibble is usually fed a steady diet of grains during their lifespan. These grains (comprised of fats, that are high in Omega-6’s) end up being stored in their tissues and end up in your dog as a result of eating his food.
Also, many dog food brands add corn, grain, and vegetable oils to their ingredients during the manufacturing process. As a result, commercial dog food can be unbalanced, containing an unusually high amount of Omega-6 Fatty Acids and minimal amounts of Omega-3’s.
Signs of Fatty Acid Deficiency or Imbalance:
skin irritation, such as itching or redness
bacterial and yeast infections of the skin
a dull coat
flaking skin or dry, scaly spots
greasy spots on coat or skin
Benecoat® Professional Hair and Skin Formula contains the ideal ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids that dogs need to support oil glands in the skin and help maintain a healthy immune response.
What is the Best Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid for My Dog?
Because dogs can't convert omega-3 fatty acids from vegetable oils into DHA, fish and marine body oils are a better-suited supplement than those that come from nuts or seeds.
An ideal source of omega-3 fatty acid is Krill Oil. Krill oil is harvested from krill, tiny, thriving, and highly sustainable crustacean marine animals that live in the cold waters of the ocean. They serve as a food source for whales, seals, penguins, squid, and fish.
Benecoat® Professional Hair and Skin Formula contains krill oil as an active ingredient and natural source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids because of its many benefits and attributes.
Why is Krill Oil the Best Source of Omega-3 for My Dog?
Krill has the following attributes:
It has high absorption rates, which translates to smaller doses for your pet
It delivers DHA and EPA phospholipids directly to the cells
It does not contain heavy metals, toxins or pollutants
It is easily renewable and a highly sustainable food source
Shiny fur is a sign of a healthy dog – both inside and out. Your dog's skin is also the first line of defense. It defends your dog against the outside world of parasites and infection.
BeneCoat® helps bolster your dog’s protection from the natural elements. It does this by providing an ideal ratio of two ingredients that his body can't produce on its own – Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
These essential fatty acids (EFAs) are critical for supporting the function of your dog’s oil glands in his skin. They also maintain his overall health and immune response.
So, what are essential fatty acids?
Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) are a type of polyunsaturated fat. They are vital to your dog’s overall health. Two particular types of fatty acids, linolenic and linoleic acid, cannot be manufactured by the body alone.
They must be consumed in either food or supplement form. These two main types of fatty acids affect dogs’ skin and coat and are classified into two different groups according to their molecular characteristics: