7.5 FAT (OILS)
The fat requirement for old cats and dogs has not been determined and, in the absence
of subclinical or clinical disease, it is likely to be the same as that for younger
Fat is a high energy nutrient and excessive intake is likely to lead to the development
of obesity, hence total daily intake should be controlled to maintain a fit healthy
Essential fatty acids have many important roles to play in the body including cell
membrane structure and skin and hair coat condition. Some authorities consider supplementation
of a ration with essential fatty acids
of possible benefit for old animals, and it is unlikely to be detrimental unless
excessive quantities are given in the absence of sufficient antiin the ration (e.g.
Fat intake should be carefully controlled in the presence of liver disease, pancreatic
disease, hypothyroidism and other causes of hyperlipidaemia. Cats and dogs rarely
develop coronary artery disease and in these species dietary fat intake does not
appear to be a risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease.