Fish are easily digestible, rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, and contain lower levels of fat compared to other meat.
But the big question is: can your beloved furry friend eat fish?
The short answer is: yes they can. In fact, they absolutely love fish!
With the proper serving, dogs can benefit from fish in many ways including:
Nourished skin and shiny coat
Reduced risk of inflammation
Better heart health
Protected joints and tendons
Sounds awesome right? If you’re thinking of feeding your dog fish, don’t dive right in without proper research!
Here’s what you need to know about adding fish to your dog’s diet:
1. Prepare without oils and seasonings
As with any other dish you’d serve your pup, avoid adding any oils and seasonings. Oil can lead to gastrointestinal issues and pancreatitis. As for seasonings, dogs don’t need them in their meals!
2. Steer clear of saltwater fish
A good rule of thumb is: the larger a fish and the longer it lives, the higher the concentration of mercury in its tissues are. Saltwater fish like tuna for example, though rich in Omega-3s, contain high levels of mercury. Better opt for short-lived species like sardines, salmon, anchovies, and herring.
3. Lightly cook the fish
Unlike other meats, dogs shouldn’t eat raw fish. Raw fish may contain salmonella or other bacteria and parasites. That places an unnecessary risk on your dog – and even yourself as the food preparer!
4. De-bone the fish
Although fish bones are small enough to pass through the intestinal tract, they could still get lodged in your dog’s throat, or worse, damage the walls of their internal organs. Keep this risk at bay and make sure to de-bone the fish before you cook them.
5. Feed in rotation
Too much fish for your dog can result in excess fat. As a general rule, fish should comprise no more than 10% of a dog’s daily calorie intake. Switch up your dog’s food bowl and rotate fish with other meats or vegetables every day.