Many still wonder if salmon is good for dogs. The answer is yes, of course. Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. It is one among many types of fish that your dog can truly benefit from as it contains vitamins A, B-complex, and D plus minerals like zinc, potassium, and magnesium.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Mostly sold as a nutritional supplement for dogs, omega-3 fatty acids are marketed as good for skin conditions, allergies, kidney function, lymphoma, heart disease, cognitive function, arthritis, and more. While these therapeutic claims have not been approved by any governing body, veterinarians and pet owners still use it as a supplement for the nutritional needs of pets. That aside, omega-3 fatty acids help the body absorb essential fat-soluble nutrients, including vitamins A, D, E, and K, produce hormones to control the immune system, and have anti-inflammatory properties.
What does it really do?
1. Aside from reducing inflammation, it helps control the effects of inflammatory skin disorders
2. Promotes cognitive function, memory, and agility
3. Promotes heart health and may work as anti-coagulant to prevent the formation of blood clots
4. Promotes healthy skin, shiny coat
5. Helps decrease protein loss when dogs urinate
6. Lowers high blood pressure
7. Reduces production of other inflammatory substances believed to contribute to kidney disease.
Serving salmon to your dogs
Remember, raw salmon or even partially cooked, can contain parasites and bacteria which can make your furry pet extremely sick. Thoroughly cook salmon, or any fish for that matter, before feeding it to your canine companion.
Trupanion shares some tips on serving salmon to your dogs:
- Thoroughly cook salmon or any fish for that matter, before feeding it to your dog. As per the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, the recommended minimum internal temperature when cooking fish is 145° F.
- Completely debone and remove the fish skin when feeding your dog. Fish skin contains a high level of fat.
- Pre-cooked canned salmon is a safe choice but stick with salmon packed in water instead of brine or oil.
- Avoid smoked salmon as it contains high levels of salt. Smoking fish is not guaranteed to remove harmful parasites and bacteria from fish.
The best salmon dry pet food from Addiction Foods
Addiction’s Salmon Bleu is a great alternative choice for dogs who have allergies to chicken, beef or lamb. It is high in omega-3 fatty acids and free from grain filler. It’s supplemented with juicy cranberries, blueberries, and raspberries—an abundance of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and flavonoids–beneficial to your dog’s continued health.
For your canine companion’s optimum health, Addiction Foods has a wide array of dog food available, specially formulated with the finest premium proteins for your dog’s overall wellbeing.
Buy Addiction Foods’ Dry Pet Foods in a store near you.