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Fish consumption is obviously healthy for dogs too.
With many vitamins and minerals as well as quality protein, the nutrition is off the charts.
Yup! Sharing is a good idea, but not all types of fish belong in your dog’s diet.
Keep reading to learn what should be avoided and which kinds are best for canines.
Your Dog Can And Should Eat Fish
Fantastic Fish Picks
Cod, sea bass, flounder, pollack, mackerel and smelts are all outstanding for dogs!
But for the best calcium boost go with canned sardines.
Everyone knows that dogs require plenty of protein, but calcium is equally essential and sardines are loaded with this key mineral! There also aren’t a lot of heavy metals in this particular fish.
And the soft digestible bones in sardines can help your dog with achy joints and mobility among many other benefits.
More broadly, nearly all fish species are fairly safe as long as the catch is fresh or frozen in a timely manner.
Watch this video for more discussion about your dog and fish.
The Omega-3 Nutrition
Fatty acids is a big reason we love feeding our dogs fish.
Think Omega-3! It’s such an amazing fat which is why fish oil is a top selling supplement.
Fatty fish are especially beneficial for your dog’s brain.
The amino acids, on the other hand, not so much. Your dog already produces those organic compounds.
Luckily, there are many other vitamins and minerals in fish.
FYI: You may notice improvement in the quality of your dog’s coat as a result of fish consumption.
A Salmon And Trout Warning
Salmon packs lots of magnesium among other valuable nutrients.
That is great but here is what’s really important when it comes to this fish:
Salmon Poisoning Disease (SPD) can occur if eaten uncooked or even under-cooked. And yes, the same goes for trout.
Make no mistake:
These parasites can be extremely deadly for your dog.
At the very least, make certain these two types of fish are properly cooked. Better yet, just skip them!
There is a Big Bony Problem
Be on the lookout for tiny, thin fish bones.
They are often quite sharp, dangerous and not so obvious. Despite this, you can usually give whole carcasses — the head included.
But cooked bones are easily problematic. They can get stuck in the throat or further down your dog’s digestive system.
So be sure to carefully screen the fish meat before chow time.
For this reason you may want to consider giving your dog fish raw. Uncooked bones are safer than cooked.
Otherwise, bones are a downside with the exception of edible whole sardines.
What About Other Seafood?
Fish is not the only ocean dwelling animal you can feed!
Crab is OK on occasion. What a great source of protein for active dogs!
Anyway, watch this little guy go to town on these fish…
The Bottom Line
You can feed your dog fresh fish. Moderate portions make sense.
In general, sharing is super healthy for pets.
Simply take some basic precautions which, to be totally safe, includes passing on a couple of fish species and removing bones when necessary.