Action: Carnivores: Supplement meat-based diet with fatty acids
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- No evidence was captured for the evidence of supplementing diets with fatty acids on captive carnivores.
'No evidence' for an action means we have not yet found any studies that directly and quantitatively tested this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
Some animals cannot synthesize certain fatty acids and therefore, they are essential within the diet. Fatty acids have a structural role in cell membranes and are essential for maintaining skin structure.
Watson, T.D.G. 1998. Diet and skin disease in dogs and cats. Journal of Nutrition, 128, 27835—27895.