The pet industry contributes to some of the most environmentally taxing human activity, with pet food alone releasing an approximate 106 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere annually. Pet food however, is only one of many aspects that surround pet care and the products that are required to keep our pets happy and healthy. Pet supplements are growing in popularity and are available in powders, chews and oils. But what if there was a way to ensure our pet’s wellbeing, while reducing the environmental footprint we leave when purchasing products for them?
Our oceans sustain some of the heaviest damage during fish farming for pet food and supplements. Fish oil in particular is highly sought out to help our dogs maintain healthy skin, coats, and joints. It is added to kibble and fresh food for our pets, to form part of a healthy diet. However, a more sustainable option exists.
Algal oil is made from marine algae, and much like fish oil, it can be used as a powerful source of Omega-3 fatty acids. This oil is harvested on land and offers properties that can reduce inflammation, improve general wellbeing, and help maintain healthy skin, coat, and joints in your pet. Unlike fish oil, algal oil is completely vegan, and comes from a sustainable and renewable source. This plant-based alternative does not require the same farming or fishing of marine life, and does not tamper with already dwindling wild species, or require the culling of farmed species.
So what are some of the ways your dog can benefit from this accessible and eco-friendly superfood?
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve skin, coat, and joint health
- Improve heart and kidney function
- Improve nervous and digestive systems
It also has a mild taste that is far less fishy compared to fish oil, which makes it easier to administer to your pet.
And while this all sounds exciting, it is important to use supplements responsibly.
We recommend that you chat to your vet first to see whether a supplement could help your dog.