Can I Give My Dog Sardines?

Can I Give My Dog Sardines?Sardines are a good supplementary meal for dogs. It adds variety to their feeding routine and helps them keep a nice shiny coat. Sardines contain a lot of nutritional benefits which are, of course, also great for dogs. There are some really interesting things to know about giving your dog sardines so let’s take a closer look.

The advantages of giving your dog sardines on a weekly basis far outweigh any negatives, though it isn’t something you will want to give your pet daily. A couple of times a week will be highly beneficial and a pleasant change to their boring kibble.

Your dog’s size will help determine how many sardines they should receive at any given serving. One tin, but not more than 200 calories, once or twice a week is ideal for most dogs weighing around 10 to 20kg. Larger dogs may benefit from a slightly higher serving size amount.


The best way to feed your dog this delicious treat is to mix it in with their kibble. This way they will get to enjoy it and savor each mouthful.

Can I Give My Dog Sardines? Answer: Yes

If you choose to give your dog tinned sardines ensure that they are in spring water. Try to avoid the brine or oil type they are typically canned in whenever possible. Maybe you are adventurous and purchase fresh sardines and cook them yourself. That is fine and is a fantastic option you can treat your dog to.

Always take steps to ensure there are no bones in the fish you are feeding to your pet. Carefully remove any bones before serving. If you purchase tinned fish, check to see if they are boneless. When cooking sardines you can remove the bones quite easily. Once that is confirmed, you can simply cook them in a drop of vegetable or sunflower oil to make an enjoyable meal for your beloved friend.

Advantages of Sardines for Dogs

Sardines are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, so always feed immediately after opening the tin or right after proper cooking.

This type of fish gives dogs a great skin and coat, but it helps with so many other things as well. Did you know that sardines are an ideal choice for dogs that suffer with allergies or arthritis? In regards to bone health, the natural oil in sardines can help with stiff joints since it is a natural way to relieve mild joint stiffness.

Sardines are also known to help regulate your dog’s immune system and reduce inflammation. Of course, we all know that Omega 3 is good for the brain, so sardines are ideal for puppies and senior dogs to help with their brain health. In general, people in North America, and their dogs, are not eating enough fish and sardines are one way to go!

Other Fish Options for Dogs

Dogs are somewhat omnivores like humans, so they are able to eat everything including meat, fish and vegetables. To ensure that they are getting the best benefits from the fish you feed them, tuna and salmon are also wonderful choices.

You want to ensure that the one or two servings you are giving each week have the right Omega 3 fatty acids. You also want to ensure that the fish you have chosen will help reduce inflammation and relieve joint stiffness in older dogs if necessary. Sardines, like most fish, also helps to regulate immune systems, which assists in keeping your dog happy and healthy.

Is There A Limit?

Dogs do need meat and a balanced diet, which normally consists of kibble. The sardines are an added bonus for any pet and with so many advantages, it’s worth giving to them. Even if you don’t personally enjoy sardines your dog may love them! You may struggle with the strong smell of sardines and your dog will probably smell like them for a couple of hours.

Regarding how regularly to feed your K9 some fish, you shouldn’t on a daily basis. They need their meat, so alternate with some red meat a couple of times a week. Beef and lamb are excellent choices. Pork won’t do any harm but has been known to be slightly too rich for a dogs’ digestive system.

Strong Warning about Fish Bones

Check every piece of fish you give your dog to ensure all the bones are removed. A small bone can very easily get lodged in their throat and cause distress and a visit to the vet. People, although rare, do die from bones blocking their wind pipes and dogs are no different.

Taking a little extra care is all that is needed. Even when the can says boneless, it’s possible for one or two small bones to be left behind. Checking every serving is the best way to ensure that your dog isn’t made uncomfortable, or worse harmed, while eating their delicious meal.

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mona July 18, 2013

Sardine bones are soft. The bones add nutrition. I’ve been feeding my dogs sardines with bones in them for years and have never run across one problem. Just mix them in with dry kibble. No need for bread.

Also olive oil is good for dogs. I use the oil. Make sure the cans are BPA free! Trader Joe’s has BPA free sardine cans and are reasonably priced. I split one can of sardines twice a week between my Cockapoos while decreasing their kibble on those days.

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James July 23, 2013

Hi Mona. Thanks for sharing your sardine strategy with us. Trader Joe’s is great by the way!

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