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Are you thinking of feeding your dog some salmon?
Here’s the deal:
The nutrients are super beneficial, but there are also serious concerns when it comes to canine consumption.
This particular fish, while very healthy, can also be extremely poisonous for dogs.
Salmon Poisoning Disease (SPD) is easily fatal. Never feed your dog salmon in raw or under-cooked form.
Parasites and other harmful bacteria are a very real possiblity.
Dogs Can Eat Salmon (with proper preparation)
Fresh, well-cooked, boneless and small portions are essential.
Salmon is great for brain health, the immune system and it also reduces joint inflammation. And these attributes are applicable to dogs.
But again, you must be super careful by sharing responsibly!
Not Cooking Can Kill
Certain parasites cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. That is scary enough but with salmon as well as trout such a scenario can be downright deadly.
Neorickettsia helminthoeca is the micro-organism linked to Salmon Poisoning Disease. These particular parasites (Rickettsia) can literally kill your dog.
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Play it safe. Proper preparation is a must!
Fish in general, but salmon especially, needs to be well-cooked in order to kill off any harmful parasites and bacteria that may be present.
Safe Salmon is Super
Let’s look at the positives now…
Served right, salmon will help your dog maintain a healthy skin and coat. It may even reduce skin irritations. Meanwhile, the Omega-3 fatty acids fortify the immune system.
Elderly dogs, and those suffering from arthritis, may greatly benefit as well.
Salmon can reduce inflammation and joint stiffness.
And developing puppies can also eat this fish for brain health; just what a puppy needs early on!
How Much Salmon To Feed?
Regarding portion size…
Give your dog a weekly serving that doesn’t exceed 2% of their body weight. For example, a 20 pound pooch should not eat more than 6.5 ounces of Salmon.
Water, Brine or Oil?
Spring water is better than brine or oil when feeding a tinned salmon. One advantage to going this route is the bones can usually be eaten.
Cooking And Other Tips
Use virgin olive oil or quality vegetable oil when cooking fresh salmon. This will combine with the fish’s natural oils which is arguably healthy.
What’s 100% certain is this:
Under-cooked salmon is too risky. And don’t forget to remove bones. Get rid of the skin as well as it is extremely high in fat.
Besides salmon, sardines and tuna are great for dogs. They also contain Omega-3 fatty acids and can compliment kibble.
Diarrhea And Dehydration
Again, raw salmon may trigger vomiting or diarrhea or worse.
Keep fresh water close by and encourage your dog to drink in case of such a scenario.
Dehydration is a real concern.
Get your vet’s help ASAP if you suspect that your dog has a salmon-related sickness.
The Bottom Line
Take precautions and your dog can eat salmon.
The omega-3 fatty acids, protein and other nutrients are excellent for canines — when you do it right.
Be sure to avoid serving this fish raw or under-cooked. Also, remove any bones.
Dogs are at a high risk for Salmon Poisoning Disease. As such, please ensure your pet’s well-being with proper preparation.