Flaxseed health benefits translate to healthy animals too
As custodians of animals that we choose to take responsibility for - whether as pets, livestock, racing or commercial purposes - we have a responsibility to nourish them with a high quality diet that meets their energy and health needs.
Veterinarians and farmers are increasingly using flaxseed to keep their animals and livestock – particularly dogs and horses – healthy on the inside with shiny coats and trouble free skin reflecting good health.
Like humans, animals do not produce Omega-3 fatty acids and need to include essential fatty acids in their daily dietary intake.
The health benefits for flaxseed for animals – including horses and dogs - include:
• Healthy skin and a shiny coat
• Relief from dry skin conditions
• Healthy muscular growth and development
• Optimum digestive and bowel health
• Faster recovery time after exercise
• Relief from joint pain and inflammation
• Promotion of healthy joints and muscles
Inconclusive but ongoing research has also indicated potential related benefits to the quality of animal produce of stock animals that are regularly fed good quality flaxseed. Some of the research has explored egg quality in poultry and fat marbling composition in beef cattle.
We’re confident in results that show that flaxseed is good for the health of animals. For example, we know that highly reputable veterinarians at many of Australia’s top horse training studs, recommend 300 millilitres of flaxseed oil per day. We’ve also seen increasing demand from premium pet food producers adding flaxseed oil as a healthful ingredient in dog food products.
We recommend you speak to your veterinarian about the benefits of including flaxseed oil in your animal’s diet.