Certain omega-3 and -6 fatty acids are essential for dogs, as the dog's body cannot produce them by itself. The dog should get these from his food. Omega-3 fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acids, have a positive effect on the functioning of the entire body. They keep cell membranes flexible and promote cardiovascular health. In addition, omega-3 suppresses inflammation - and that is why it is an excellent addition to the diet of animals suffering from joint, intestinal, skin or respiratory problems. The most important of the Omega-6 fatty acids is linoleic acid (LA), which is particularly important in terms of skin protection, as its deficiency causes various skin problems, such as skin dryness and flaking. A lack of linoleic acid can also cause hair loss and susceptibility to bacterial and yeast infections.