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Food For Thought™ Technical Bulletin No. 9R
Innovative Research in Dog and Cat Nutrition™
Linoleic acid, a naturally occurring omega-6 fatty acid found in common pet-food ingredients such as corn and chicken fat, is a required nutritional component of the canine and feline diet.Return to Top
Fatty acids are the building blocks of dietary fat and are formed by specific combinations of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen.
The first double bond is located at the 6th carbon atom, therefore, this is an omega-6 fatty acid.
Most pet foods contain more than the required amount of linoleic acid. However, Iams research shows that it is not the amount, but the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids that is most beneficial to dogs and cats.
The optimal omega-6:omega-3 fatty acid ratio to maintain a healthy skin and coat in dogs and cats is between 5:1 and 10:1. This means that between 5 and 10 omega-6 fatty acids should be present for every 1 omega-3 fatty acid.Return to Top