Halibut Bites are a perfect topper to easily add variety and a nutrient boost to your pet’s regular meals. Halibut is a lean fish that is a great addition to your pet’s diet for trace minerals, B-vitamins as well as a moderate source of Omega-3 fats.
Halibut is also a great topper to your pet’s meals if you are trying to reduce their weight, or if they have a sensitive digestive system, as it is a good source of protein while being low-fat and easily digested.
Halibut is an excellent alternative for pets who may find fattier fish such as salmon or herring to be too rich and cause stomach upset.
Halibut is considered a cooling protein and is useful for pets with allergies, skin irritations, and inflammation in the body. To learn more about food energetics, you can check out our blog.
Nutritional benefits of halibut
- Selenium: Halibut is an excellent source of selenium, a trace mineral that is critical to thyroid health and supporting the immune system. Selenium is also a powerful antioxidant that helps the body repair damaged cells, and can decrease inflammation.
- Niacin (Vitamin B3): Niacin plays a positive role in heart health and helps prevent heart disease. It also aids in repairing DNA damage and stress responses, which contribute to inflammation. Each 100g (3oz) of halibut provides more than your pet’s daily requirements of Niacin.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids (EPA+DHA): it is recommended that adult dogs get 100mg (0.1g) of EPA + DHA per 10lbs of body weight. Halibut offers a moderate source of Omega-3 fats, with each 100g (3oz) containing 900mg (0.9g) of EPA + DHA. Omega-3’s are important for heart health, brain development in puppies and kittens, and for managing inflammation. Most meats that we feed to our pets have unbalanced levels of omega fats, and an excess of Omega-6 and lack of Omega-3 can cause inflammation and allergy-like responses. The meats with the least Omega-3’s are grain-fed poultry, and the meats with the most Omega-3’s are grass-fed red meats such as beef, bison, and lamb. But unless your pet exclusively eats grass-fed red meat, they are probably needing extra Omega-3’s in their diet, which is why adding fish or an Omega-3 oil to their diet is so important.
Halibut’s selenium, niacin, and omega-3 contents can help reduce the negative effects of chronic inflammation on your pet. Studies have shown that increased selenium blood levels improve immune response, whereas a deficiency may negatively affect immune cells and their function.