Even Dogs Need Fish Oil to Stay Healthy & Smarter

Pet food marketers have promised brighter coats, fresher breath and much more over the years, but Procter & Gamble--one of the largest food makers in the United States--now say that their reformulated Eukanuba makes puppies smarter. How does it do this? The food has increased levels of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA. This, according to Procter & Gamble, makes puppies easier to train by improving cognitive performance, targeting the No. 1 reason dogs are abandoned, sent to shelters and euthanized. And in their tests of 39 beagles in simple H-shaped mazes, about 70 percent of pups on the enhanced-DHA diet passed the test, compared to about 35 percent of pups on typical-DHA diets. But this effect is not just for dogs--DHA from fish oil can also improve intelligence among children.

AdAge.com July 26, 2004

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