Pet owners know that what you feed your cat or dog can be just as important as how much love and attention you give them. According to longtime dog owner, pet lover, and dog groomer Hayley Cooper, salon manager at PetSmart in Greenport NY., fish is the way to go. “Feeding your pets food with any kind of fish based nutrients helps to moisturize and take care of their skin from the inside out. Her experience in the pet grooming industry has made Ms.Cooper particularly adept at identifying options for the overall health of both our pets’ skin and coats,” she

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continues, “Fish contains the all powerful omega 3 ingredient as well as six essential fatty acids that not only liven the coat, but help contribute to heart health.” For Hayley, fish is, without a doubt, a better alternative to poultry based food products which, according to experts, can cause bad reactions brought on by allergies. According to the Food and Drug Administration, there is no legislated requirement that pet food products attain pre-market approval from the FDA. However, according to the FDA’s website, The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) does require that all animal foods be safe for consumption. As a result, many pet owners feel as if they are on their own when it comes what types of commercial foods are healthy for their furry loved ones. For owners turning to fish for that healthier choice, fish species like salmon and flounder are probably an even better option than other types of fish food because they contain less mercury, a metal that can cause the same health issues for pets as they do their human counterparts. In the end, owners know their pets best and ultimately the choice is ours to make, perhaps turning to a fish based diet might not only improve their nutritional health, but their cosmetic beauty as well.