Cooked fish, such as salmon and tuna, are not only an excellent source of protein and vitamins but also contain essential fatty acids that are great for dogs both inside and out.
They help maintain a shiny, healthy coat, and they are also great for brain function and for your dog’s immune system.
I often recommend that my clients add fish to their dog’s diet. Fish is great for dogs suffering from allergies or intolerances and for those with joint issues and inflammatory bowel disease as the vitamins and minerals, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, act as a natural anti-inflammatory.
However, nearly all fish contain traces of mercury which is a toxic metal.
As small fish are eaten by larger fish, the concentration of mercury increases so larger fish tend to have higher levels of mercury. That makes it best to avoid feeding large fish, such as shark, swordfish, and king mackerel.
We like to add sardine’s to our dog’s dinner as these are low in mercury and full of vitamins and omega 3 (and better still they are cheap!) Make sure you chose the variety in sunflower oil or tomato sauce and steer away from brine as it is high in salt.
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