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Can My Dog Eat Fish?

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Can My Dog Eat Fish?

The simple answer to feeding your dog, fish is “Go for it!”. Dogs need lots of protein, and luckily, fish is a great form of protein and also Omega-3, fatty acids. These fatty acids help fight inflammation and even have nutrients that keep your dog’s coat soft and shiny. Omega-3 is an essential part of heart health and prevents it from developing clogged arteries. The chances of your dog being allergic to fish are slim, though if you buy packaged dog food, be wary of ingredients that include fish by-product, as this may have unknown sources.

Your dog’s health is important to how long they’ll live and what kind of doctor visits you’ll make. Giving your dog too much of any one type of food can be bad, just as bad as giving them a variety of table foods for a meal each day. Fish is an excellent source of protein, which provides your pup energy and the nutrients for them to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. The same is true in humans, and many of the same benefits we receive from fish, so do dogs.

Not only does fish keep your dog’s coat healthy, but it also does an excellent job of protecting the brain and heart. Raw fish and fish with high levels of mercury (tuna, swordfish) can be given to your dog if properly prepared. These days, tuna comes in plastic packaging with no harmful chemicals like BPA, or mercury that is commonly found in canned fish. Always consult a veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s diet and be mindful of any unusual symptoms that occur if this is your dog’s first time having fish. All in all, fish is great for your dog and is a tasty meal, from the usual chicken and beef meals.

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