Fish For Dogs
The reason behind this little musing is that Pepe and I unpacked a Ruby & Duke monthly box.
The star of the show in this particular box is a packet of crispy fish skins from Billy & Margot. Yuk I hear you cry! My thoughts exactly. I am not feeding THAT to my dog! We opened them anyway, just as a matter of investigation you understand. Pepe was ‘helping’ as usual. These ugly looking bricks sparked a lot of excitement with Pepe whilst I was groaning ‘oh my word, these look disgusting’. I let him have one. Now, Pepe is the fussiest of little creatures and will turn his nose up at most things. Not these. Down went the first one, a second and third in quick succession. They are a hit. After further reading the packaging it appears that these ugly cubes are just packed full of natural goodness. Further investigation into fish for dogs was now an obvious route.
Just like people, dogs need a balanced diet filled with the right kinds of nutrition to suit them (not us!). That said there are many elements of our nutritional needs that are also important elements in a dogs nutritional needs. Fish and all its great health benefits works just as well for dogs as it does for us as part of a balanced diet.
Which Fish & Why??
Let’s take a look at what nutrients are in fish and which fish for dogs contain the best levels of these.
- Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids: salmon, tuna, mackerel, lake trout, sardines, herring.
- High in protein : tuna, salmon, snapper, swordfish but most fish have similar protein levels
- Best source of protein – lobster, shrimp, tuna, cod.
- High in vitamin B-12 – clams, mackerel, herring, blue fin tuna, rainbow trout, and salmon.
- High in iron – clams, shrimp, mackerel, swordfish.
- The Highest in zinc: crab, lobster, swordfish, and clams.
- Highest in calcium: canned salmon with bones.
- Highest in total fat, saturated fats, and calories: mackerel.
- High in cholesterol – shrimp, mackerel, lobster.
- Low in cholesterol – tuna, snapper, halibut
- Least risky fish for pollutants: deep-water ocean fish, salmon and tuna.
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- It is a powerful anti-inflammatory
- Maintains good coat and skin condition
- Maintains optimum brain function
- Keeps stress and anxiety levels balanced and low
- Helps maintain healthy ligaments and joints
- There have been studies to show the effects of a diet with increased Omega 3 levels in dogs with arthritis and joint conditions showing effective results.
There are many many Omega 3 supplements and natural treats available on the market for both us and our pets. I like to work on the principle that we can get all the Omega 3 we need from a healthy balanced diet. Further investigation into the pro’s and cons of supplements is something I will bring you at a later date. Feeding your dog (and yourself) fresh fish once or twice each week will provide good levels of Omega 3 and all the other beneficial nutrients contained in fish.
Ensure that the fish you feed to your pet is cooked and free of bones. Raw fish can contain parasites and possibly an enzyme (Thiaminase) which is not good for dogs. I would avoid using tinned or prepackaged fish if possible. These can contain high levels of salt and preservatives which are not good for you or your dog.
This is a fab list of recipes using fresh salmon for you and I guess you could share a little with your pet too! See you again because now I have………….