Alpha-Linoleic Acid

Alpha linoleic acid is a member of the omega-6 family of unsaturated fats, meaning that it has 18 carbons and 2 double bonds. It’s used by the body to make other chemicals called prostaglandins, which are involved in many functions including blood clotting, inflammation, and immune response.

ALA for Dogs

Alpha linoleic acid (ALA) is an essential fatty acid that dogs need in their diet. It can be found in flaxseed oil, hemp seed oil, and walnut oil. It is also found in the fat of animals such as chicken, beef, lamb, and tuna.

ALA is an omega-6 fatty acid that the body turns into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA are essential fatty acids that your dog needs to stay healthy.

If your dog does not get enough ALA in his diet, he will not be able to produce enough EPA and DHA for optimal health. ALA deficiency can cause heart disease and cancer in dogs.

Primary Benefit of Alpha-Linoleic Acid

The primary benefit of ALA is its effect on skin and coat health. It helps regulate the production of sebum — the oily substance produced by sebaceous glands in your skin — so it can help keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy.

Published by AmberLDrake

Dr. Drake is an award-winning author and well-known cancer specialist in her field. She is best known for her extensive research on canine cancer prevention and nutrition, her dedication to help dogs live a long, happy life, and for teaching veterinary medicine. As the CEO of Canine Companions Co., the Founder of Drake Dog Cancer Foundation and Academy, and the Co-Founder of Preferable Pups, in addition to being a respected figure in the dog world, she has earned the respect of thousands of dog lovers worldwide.