When dogs or cats are deficient in certain EFAs, this can cause problems such as dry, scaly or itchy skin. Also, some conditions like atopic dermatitis are characterised by reduced lipids and EFAs in the epidermal layer.
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All animals require optimum nutrition to maintain good health and prevent disease, but some nutrients have to be supplemented through the diet, as the dog or cat is incapable of synthesising them itself. One such group is known as Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs.
Scientists, who first discovered the importance of EFAs in 1929, found that EFA deficiency could cause growth retardation, skin lesions, organ failure, hormone dysfunction, impaired fertility and many other disorders.
EFAs are found in all cell membranes and ensure the correct structure and function of the cell. They are also the building blocks of numerous important biological molecules.The primary EFAs in COATEX® Essential Fatty Acids are:
All of these fatty acids are considered essential for good health and well-being.
Omega-6 EFAs are found in vegetable oils; borage, blackcurrant and evening primrose oils are the most common sources of these EFAs. However, COATEX® Essential Fatty Acids contains borage oil due to its higher levels of the important GLA molecules compared to other vegetable oils.
Omega-3 EFAs are found in deep sea oily fish. The omega-3 EFAs found in COATEX® Essential Fatty Acids are sourced from sardines and anchovies that have been proven to have lower levels of contaminants compared to other industry sources.
It is recommended to use COATEX® Essential Fatty Acids for general maintenance of a healthy coat and skin structure, in addition to skin and coat disorders that show signs of EFA deficiency, for instance:
If you are concerned, we would recommend that you speak to your veterinarian for a full examination to ensure the correct course of action is taken.
COATEX® Essential Fatty Acids comes in two forms, a soft gel capsule or a special liquid pump, that delivers in equal quantity as one capsule.
Both are designed to ensure maximum freshness and prevent the degradation of the EFAs within it. The capsules can be given alone or mixed in with the feed, whereas the liquid should be added and mixed in with the daily meal. Make sure your pet is receiving the correct dosage for its body weight and skin condition by speaking to your veterinarian.
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