Find out if your pet’s diet is delivering a healthy amount of omega-3s.
When your pet takes an Omega-3 Index test it will provide a percentage that indicates the combination of EPA and DHA in their blood. For pets like dogs the ideal level is around 3%.
Getting your pet to an optimal Omega-3 Index will help ensure they are getting enough of the right omega-3s to protect their health.
Omega-3s EPA and DHA have been linked to several health benefits in pets:
Healthy Skin & Coat
Why Your Vet Should Test Your Pet
Measuring important fats like omega-3s can help dogs maintain a diet the delivers a healthy amount of these nutrients, which they are often lacking. Routine testing and changing the amount of EPA and DHA in your pet’s diet should be used to determine the appropriate dose of EPA and DHA needed to maintain an optimal Omega-3 Index.
It will take 3-4 months for your pet’s Omega-3 Index to reach a new level and we recommend re-testing at that time. Once your pet has achieved the desirable level, it is advised that you re-check their values every six to 12 months.
It important that you take this test to your vet and have them administer the blood draw. They have the expertise, staff and tools to carry out this test on your pet. Carrying out the blood draw in your home is not recommended.
Optimize Your Pet’s Omega-3 Index in 3 Easy Steps
You won’t know if your pet’s omega-3 level is optimal unless it’s measured.
A low Omega-3 Index can be corrected by increasing omega-3 intake.
Research Shows Omega-3s Provide Several Benefits for Dogs and Cats
Review: Omega-3s can support heart, skin and fur, kidney, and joint health in dogs and cats
Increasing blood levels of omega-3 EPA and DHA and omega-6 arachidonic acid helped reduce urine stones in cats
Increasing omega-3 blood levels reduced dog stiffness and joint pain
Aggressive dogs had lower omega-3 blood levels than normal dogs
How It Works
Choose the test service you would like. The sample collection kit typically arrives in 3 to 5 days.
Your Vet should follow the test kit instructions to collect your pet’s sample. Once your pet’s sample is collected, mail it back to our lab with the pre-paid envelope.
In 2-4 weeks you will receive an email letting you know your personalized results are ready.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Omega-3 Index for Pets measures the amount of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA in your pet’s blood, just like the Omega-3 Index for humans. Omega-3 Index levels in dogs and cats are lower than for humans in general. This test is only provides omega-3 status for dogs and cats at this time.
It important that you take this test to your vet and have them administer the blood draw. They have the expertise, staff and tools to carry out this test on your pet. Please do not attempt to take a blood spot from your pet at home.
The most efficient way to raise your dog’s Omega-3 Index is to strategically incorporate more omega-3 EPA and DHA from fish, fortified dog food, or supplements into their diet. Use the dosage chart to find the best dosage for your pet. Please consult with your pet’s veterinarian before adding any supplements to your pet’s diet.