Why Pet Food Should Contain Fats

Fats in pet food serve various important functions. Aside from enhancing the taste, aroma, and texture of the product, fats are essential in the normal functioning of various tissues and organs in the body.

The building blocks of fats are called fatty acids. They are categorized into monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated fatty acids. Some fatty acids cannot be synthesized in the body of cats or dogs, and are referred to as ‘essential fatty acids (EFA)’. Pets should have adequate intakes of these EFAs from their daily diet in order to meet their body’s needs appropriately. The most common EFAs that pets need are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Unlike dogs, cats require adequate intake of dietary arachidonic acid because they can’t make it on their own. 

Sudden changes in your pet’s appetite or eating habits should require an appointment with your animal hospital Mt. Airy MD, Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic.


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