Fish is an excellent source of nutrients needed to keep dogs healthy, which is fish is the most important ingredient in SPECIFIC veterinary diets.
- Fish is naturally rich in omega-3, essential unsaturated fatty acids that play a key role in coat and skin health, joint mobility, cardiac and kidney health, brain and eye development. They also promote a strong immune system
Fish contains the right type of omega-3 – the beneficial EPA and DHA forms of omega-3, which are not present in plant omega-3 and can only be obtained from fish and other marine sources
Fish is a well-balanced protein with the right mix of amino acids for the body’s protein needs
Fish protein is high quality, low in saturated fat and easily digested
Fish and other marine ingredients are packed with vitamins D and B2 (riboflavin) supporting bone formation, nerve and muscle control and promoting coat and skin health
Fish is a great source of minerals and trace elements including calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium and potassium
We use a number of different sources and types of fish and marine ingredients in our diets.
Fish meal – a ground powder made from cooked fish providing a concentrated protein source. Our fish meal is made from various wild caught Atlantic white fish, mostly Blue Whiting.
Hydrolysed salmon protein – made from Norwegian and Scottish farmed salmon
Fish oil – Fish oil is a natural product and so will have variable amounts of EPA & DHA Omega-3. At SPECIFIC we use a specially blended fish oil made from cod liver oil and anchovy oil to ensure consistent and high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Krill – our newest ingredient - a superb source of omega-3, water soluble and present as phospholipids (rather than triglycerides) providing significantly improved bioavailability. Krill is also rich in astaxanthin and choline. Our krill comes from MSC certified sources.
Fresh sardine – used in some of our diets is a fresh whole MSC certified sardine caught off the Cornish coast by small boats using ring netting – a catch system that significantly reduces by-catch, fuel usage and seabed damage
Algae – not fish but aquatic plants and a rich source of omega-3. Algae provides a highly sustainable form of high quantities and consistentlevels of omega-3. Algae grow incredibly fast and can be grown on non-productive, non-arable land so use fewer environmental resources. It was a NASA programme, looking how to feed mars colonists, that drove the modern commercial algae production.