Skin disorders are among the most common health problems in pets seen by veterinarians. Veterinarians have found that fatty acids may play important roles in areas other than skin and coat such as allergies, control of natural inflammatory responses, joint health, and the function of other body organs in dogs and cats. Those fatty acids which they cannot produce themselves, but must be obtained through their diet, are called ‘essential’ fatty acids such as omega-3’s and the omega-6’s.
The condition of skin and coat can also be an important indicator of their general health. If a dog or cat is in good health but experiences dry, flaky skin, and itchiness, then essential fatty acids, antioxidants and other nutrients will help to promote healthy skin. They work at the cellular level to provide the nutrients needed for skin development and provide the first line of defense against allergens.