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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Flax Seeds Please!

Flax seeds are an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for your pet's skin and coat health. They can prevent dry, itchy skin, shedding, and hot spots. Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce or stop the need for cortisone shots or steroids in dogs suffering from allergies. They can also heal cracked paws and nails.

Flax seeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. According to the Mayo Clinic, soluble fiber absorbs water to form a gel which can decrease blood sugar and cholesterol. Flax seeds have 12 percent soluble fiber. The insoluble fiber in flax seeds speeds the passage of food through the digestive system. It also builds stool volume, preventing constipation.

These magical seeds can also help with arthritis, which affects one in five dogs over the age of seven. There's nothing more heartbreaking than a much-loved family pet stricken with arthritis.  The inflammatory process in dogs is very similar to humans, and just like humans, when there's not enough omega-3s in the diet inflammatory prostaglandins, hormone-like substances made from the wrong kind of fats, can target the joints, leading to pain and swelling.

So give our new Pumpkin Flax Treats a try!  They are healthy and delicious!

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