Can Dogs Eat Salmon? Is it Good or Bad?

Not a lot of fish are a good food source as salmon. It is rich in essential nutrients like Omega3 fatty acids and low in fat. Seeing this, it is not a surprise that many people want to give salmon to their dogs.

So, can dogs eat salmon?

The short answer is Yes, dogs can eat salmon. salmon packs all the right nutrients for a dog. Plus, it is also crazy rich in protein. It’s no wonder it is touted as a superfood.

But before you run towards the kitchen to open that can of raw salmon, get this:

Don’t ever feed raw salmon to your dog.

This is but one of the many nuances of this subject. Keep reading to know what you should know about dogs, salmons, and the foods they should be eating.

Can Dogs Eat Salmon (Video)


Feeding Salmon Is Alright If You Do It Right

You may have heard people say:

Salmon is a superfood.

Well, if you don’t know what a superfood is, think of it as Superman of foods. What does Superman has that we don’t? He is super powerful, can fly, can absorb energy from the sun, and doesn’t get hurt. In short, he has everything that can’t be found in a single package.

The same is the case with salmon. It has a combination of essential nutrients that is difficult to find in one food item. It is jam-packed with protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, and good fats amongst other things. Not only this, but it is also low on cholesterol. In short, salmon should be eaten by everyone, and that includes your dog.

Dogs can benefit tremendously by eating salmon. It doesn’t come as a surprise seeing that almost all major dog food companies pack salmon in their products. So, you need to feed salmon to your dogs.

Having said that, you should know what to do and what not to do when it comes to feeding salmon to your dog.

What to Do

The first thing you need to do is to make sure the Salmon comes from the right source. Canned Salmon can be a good choice if it is cooked and stored in water. Say no to Salmon preserved in Brine or Oil.

Secondly, remember:

Fresh Salmon is always the best Salmon.

In addition to choosing fresh Salmon, cook it the proper way. When you don’t cook it properly, you are straight-up asking for trouble.

What Not to Do

You should not cook the Salmon with salt or any oils. Similarly, stay away from undercooked and flavored one too.

In addition to giving your dog properly cooked Salmon, be frugal when it comes to portion size. Too much Salmon is bad for your dog’s health.

As a general guideline:

A small portion of 600-700 grams once a week or less.

Following the above-mentioned guideline is important in the sense that it will give your dog enough nutrition without making him overweight.

The Best Ways to Feed Salmon to Dogs

Before we begin the discussion of what are the best ways, let’s see what are not the best ways.

The following should be avoided at all costs:

  • Raw or undercooked Salmon
  • Canned Salmon that is packed in brine or oil
  • Cooked Salmon that has salt or any other dressing

Got that? Good! Now, let’s see, what is, in my opinion, the best ways to feed Salmon to your dog.

The best ways to feed salmon to your dog are to grill or bake it. Take a properly skinned, boneless piece of salmon, marinate it with some flour and eggs, and put it in the oven that is preheated to 350F.

Now, let that piece cook for about 25 minutes. Take it out and serve. Bon appetite. Your dog is lucky.

If you don’t want to bake it, simply tose a boneless salmon fillet on the grill. Remember not to add any oil or salt. Cook it to perfection and serve.

When it comes to cooking salmon, there are dozens of recipes online. So, pick and choose what sounds the most delicious.

Health Benefits of Salmon

Salmon is hailed as a superfood owing to the number of nutrients it packs. When properly cooked, salmon offers the following health benefits:

  • Promotes a healthier coat and skin
  • Reduce the risk of arthritis
  • Reducing the risk of heart diseases
  • Helps in brain development of the fetus in pregnant dogs
  • Helps in weight loss
  • Especially useful in weight loss
  • Reduces joint disfunction in older dogs

These are, but a small number of benefits associated with salmon. Incorporating salmon in your dogs’ regular diet will result in a healthier pup.

Risks of Feeding Salmon

You may have noticed that throughout this discussion, whenever I’ve talked about salmon, I’ve always mentioned “cooked” salmon. There is a pretty solid reason for this.

You see:

Uncooked salmon can contain a parasite named Neorickettsia helminthoeca. This parasite is responsible for a situation termed as Salmon Poisoning.

Salmon poisoning has the following symptoms:

  • Extreme dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Swelling of eyes and continuous discharge
  • Sudden weight loss

If you spot any of these symptoms in your dog, contact your vet immediately. If left untreated, salmon poisoning can prove to be fatal. So, go to your vet asap.

In addition to salmon poisoning, raw salmon can also choke your dog. You see, raw salmon contains small bones. If not removed prior to cooking, these bones can get lodged in the throat. This can choke your dog.

So, what did we learn? Raw salmon is a big No.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are fish safe for dogs?

Fish are absolutely safe for dogs. However, before you start giving fish to your dog, make sure to do proper research about it.

Questions like:

  • How should I cook it
  • Will it cause obesity in my dog
  • Does my dog has an allergy I should know about
  • What portion size is appropriate

Fortunately, most of these questions have been answered on the internet. Moreover, you can ask your vet for advice.

Is Tuna good for dogs?

Yes, it is. Think of tuna as a replacement for salmon. Similarly, the discussion we just had regarding dogs eating salmon can be directly applied to tuna.

In short, your dog can eat tuna, provided that it is boneless, cooked properly, and served in the right portion size. On the same note, canned tuna is also alright if it is stored in water and not in brine or oil.

What foods are toxic to dogs?

Foods that are toxic to dogs include:

  • Chocolate
  • Peanut Butter
  • Raisins
  • Refined sugar
  • Caffeine
  • Grapes
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Vegetables like onion and garlic

In addition to these foods, avoid anything that contains excessive salts and oils.

Can I feed my dog human food every day?

While it can be done, it is not a good idea. Most human foods are fine for dogs as well. But don’t overdo it. Small portions, mixed with dog food is the way to go.

If you want to give standalone human food without mixing it in dog food, do it once every few weeks.

And as always, you need to be careful about a few things.

First of all, ensure that the food contains no excessive oils and salts. Next, stay away from dairy products, as many dogs are lactose intolerant.

Do dogs get tired of the same food?

No, they don’t. Dogs aren’t human. They don’t crave different flavors. As a matter of fact, if you change your dog’s food too often, he might not like it and stop eating.

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