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Do you want to share some sardines with your pet dog?
Great news! Canines can also benefit from consuming this nutrient-rich fish.
In fact, you may even begin to notice that your dog has healthier fur once getting into a routine of feeding sardines weekly.
And for older dogs in particular, mobility could improve a bit due to the anti-inflammatory properties.
Feeding Your Dog Sardines is a Great Idea
This fish is great for your pet’s immune system.
Perhaps you’ve heard that sardines are harmful because they contain mercury.
While that is true, in our view, it is nothing to worry about. Overall the benefits outweigh that downside and sardines are healthy.
A Fabulous Fish For Dogs
Sardines are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA which is linked to brain health.
It’s these same oils that could greatly improve your dog’s coat and skin.
And, as previously mentioned, animals with allergies or arthritis-related inflammation may also benefit. Basically, consumption of this fish is a natural way to relieve mild stiffness and improve mobility.
Bottom line: Sardines offer benefits for all dogs, from puppies to seniors.
Home Cooked Versus Tinned
Are you planning to feed your dog store-bought tinned sardines?
Make sure they are in spring water.
Avoid the brine or oil type because they usually contain high sodium. Better yet, get fresh sardines and cook them yourself!
Of course, one advantage to the tinned variety is that the fish may already be boneless.
Recommendation: For consistency, consider holistic sardine and salmon dry dog food.
Must Remove Any Hard Bones
Serve sardines without the bones unless they are in a softened state.
Choking is the top concern, not the mercury levels.
Ensure your dog’s safety by visually inspecting the bones.
Once confirmed, your dog is ready for feeding time. Simply mixing sardines in with regular chow is one way to do it!
Warning: A small, hard bone can easily get lodged in the throat. This can be quite serious.
Determining Portion Size
Your dog’s size generally will determine how many sardines they should eat.
One tin, but not more than 200 calories, once or twice a week is ideal for 20-40 pound breeds. Larger dogs may benefit from bigger portions.
Have a policy of moderation, especially at first.
You are likely giving too much if your dog’s bowel movements are substantially different.
Feed Fish With Fatty Acids
Dogs are omnivorous.
Like humans, but to a lesser extent, they are able to eat meat as well as fish and vegetables.
It is smart to feed tuna, mackerel or salmon occasionally. It makes sense anytime you can provide omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids and quality protein.
Most owners and their pet pooches aren’t eating enough fresh fish!
The Bottom Line
This fish may not be appealing to you, but your dog will love sardines.
It is healthy for canines to consume sardines. Omega-3 is a powerful nutrient.
Nevertheless, limit your dog’s portions and try to keep sodium intake to a minimum. And be sure to remove any potentially dangerous bones.
Mercury, thankfully, is not a major concern.