What Are the Benefits of Krill Oil for Your Pets?

Krill, a small crustacean found throughout the world’s oceans and typically eaten by whales and penguins (and with enough nutrients to power the mighty blue whale), is a powerful source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for your pet’s everyday health. Krill oil is gaining popularity as an alternative to fish oil and is easily absorbed by the body. From promoting heart health to supporting joints, find out the full benefits of krill oil and how cat and dog supplements containing krill oil can make a difference in your pet’s health. 

Enhancing Cardiovascular Function

Like fish oil, krill oil contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are two key types of omega-3 fatty acids. What sets krill oil apart from fish oil is that krill oil also contains a phospholipid, which makes it more easily absorbed by the body. Both EPA and DHA have been shown to help reduce triglycerides, a type of fat that circulates in the bloodstream. Studies have shown that not only does krill oil have the potential to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, it may also increase “good” HDL cholesterol. 

Helping Reduce Inflammation 

Omega-3 fatty acids act as cellular signals to reduce inflammation in the body. Studies in humans with chronic inflammation showed a 30 percent decrease in inflammation after just one month of krill oil supplementation, and animal studies show relief in inflammation and pain with more-effective results than fish oil supplementation. Krill may help inflammation associated with the heart, as well as reduce muscle loss, as shown in studies of omega-3 supplementation in dogs and cats. If you sense your pet is struggling with inflammation, either as a result of arthritis, food allergies or aging, krill oil may help.

Supporting Joint Health

Reducing inflammation may also lead to more mobility in your pet’s joints. In a randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial in dogs with osteoarthritis, omega-3 supplementation showed a marked decrease in lameness and discomfort, with no serious adverse effects. Not only have omega 3’s been shown to help inflammation, but they may also reduce cartilage-degrading enzymes, helping to protect your pet’s joints and even potentially increase physical strength.

Promoting Healthy Skin and Coat 

Omega-3 is an essential nutrient for healthy skin and may play a role in the appearance of your pet’s skin and coat. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce inflammation associated with dermatologic conditions in pets and improve their “coat character” by promoting healthy hair growth. Some animal research also suggests that omega-3s delivered intravenously may quicken wound healing. By improving the skin barrier, omega-3s lock in moisture and keep out irritants, which helps your pet feel good, inside and out.  

Purity Preferred Pet CBD products combine our proprietary blend of broad-spectrum CBD and with krill and moringa oils to keep dogs and cats healthy and in peak condition. CBD and krill work in tandem to promote physical and mental well-being, delivering the fortitude of the blue whale — with no dips in the ocean required.

Erica Garza is an author and essayist. Her work has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, the Telegraph and VICE. She lives in Los Angeles.

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