Both humans and canines love fish, but can dogs eat salmon? Today we answer one of the most popular topics among dog owners. Let’s find out if you can give him salmon.
Quick answer: Yes. However, it must be fresh and well-cooked, otherwise it may make him very ill. Servings must also be small and only occasionally.
Can I Give My Dog Salmon?
Alongside, tuna, sardines, and some other fish, salmon is a great and healthy treat for your lovely dog! But wait! There are things you must consider first! Sure, salmon is tasty, and your furry buddy will slobber at the sight of it. Nevertheless, fish can be particularly dangerous for dogs. It’s very common for dogs to get sick from eating bad fish. The effects? Everything from vomiting and diarrhea to a serious parasite infection which sometimes ends in death. If that sounds very negativity, sorry but I’m afraid it’s true. Salmon is linked to Neorickettsia helminthoeca, a parasite that can cause SPD (Salmon Poisoning Disease). Therefore, a dog eating salmon can drastically go from healthy treat to serious issue.
Don’t be scared! There are of course easy ways to prevent this. If you are a careful owner and you take the right steps (read rest of the article) it won’t be an issue.
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Are There Any Health Benefits?
Yes. Fortunately for us and our canines, salmon is as beneficial as it is tasty. Most benefits that this fish provides to humans, it also does for dogs. I’m talking about strengthening the immune system, fighting joint and skin inflammations, and improving brain health. Additionally, for dogs, it can also fortify skin and coat, as well as helping with its “shininess” and smoothness. In fact, if you have an older dog suffering arthritis or any bone issue, it may help reducing the inflammation.
This being said, we must also add that fish allergies in dogs are not uncommon and you should ensure your furry buddy is not allergic before feeding him/her any.
What do I Have to Take into Consideration When Feeding My Dog Salmon?
Sure, salmon is a great source of nutrients, and every dog (or almost) loves fish or fish treats for dogs. However, there are some things you must consider before giving your dog salmon (or any other fish). Let me repeat, you truly must concern about the following aspects, otherwise it can be extremely poisonous for your canine and consequently make him very sick:
- Well Cooked – You can’t feed him raw fish. Raw fish very often contains parasites and bacteria. These can cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, or much worse. You must properly cook it, or you will regret it later. Also, cook it with water instead of oil or brine.
- Freshness – As fresh as possible. Spoiled fish can be a serious risk to your dog’s health. If it’s not fresh, don’t even consider it.
- No Bones and Skin – This one is obvious. Check for bones, feed him only boneless salmon. Ideally you should also remove any skin, as it contains too much fat.
If your dog doesn’t have any fish allergy, and the salmon is fresh, well cooked, boneless, and in small portions. Well my friend, that equals a very happy dog! He will surely love to eat some, so go ahead and spoil him/her a bit!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but other dog owners also.
What is the Nutritional Value* of Salmon?
Salmon contains many nutrients, and most are healthy for your pet (in small portions). Check out some of the nutritional value of cooked salmon:
– 367 Calories.
– 22 grams of Fat (4023mg of Omega-3 fatty acids and 4.5gr of saturated fat).
– 39.3 grams of Protein.
– 683 mg of Potassium.
– 449 mg of Phosphorus.
– 53.3 mg of Magnesium.
– 26.7 mg of Calcium.6.6 mg Vitamin C.
*per 178 grams (1/2 fillet)
What Dosage is Healthy?
Salmon is only healthy in a small dosage. No more than a small portion weekly. Consider a small portion anything equal or less to one fillet (of course it depends on the animal’s weight and size).
What are the Symptoms** of an Allergic Reaction?
Fish allergies in dogs is not a myth. In fact, it happens very often and can be dangerous if your dog ate large portions. Most common symptoms are:
– Itchy Skin.
– Skin and Ear Infection.
– Runny Nose and Eyes.
– Too Much Licking.
– Even Anaphylactic Shock in worst-case scenarios.
**These are the most common examples, please contact your local vet if you have noticed anything unusual, even if we didn’t list it above.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Salmon Fish?
Absolutely. Unless your dog is allergic or overweight. Otherwise, there is no reason why you shouldn’t treat him a bit of salmon every now and then. If he follows a proper healthy diet you can even give him a small portion of salmon every week.
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