All the Questions You had about Cooking Salmon For Your Dogs; Answered
Creating homemade dog food for your furry best friend is becoming more popular every day, it seems. As people begin to realize how much more cost effective and healthy homemade food can be for your favorite canine, it’s a no-brainer that people would start making the switch. One of the most popular foods people choose to help enrich their pet’s diets is fish, so naturally people want to learn how to properly cook salmon for their dogs. It’s incredibly healthy, it’s rich in Omega’s 3’s, and it’s as much a superfood for animals and dogs as it is humans. Beyond just being great for cholesterol levels and other general health, a recent study done by American Veterinarian has concluded that regular healthy doses of Omega 3’s can actually help reduce arthritis in canine’s as they age. That’s why today we are going to be discussing how to safely and properly prepare salmon for your dog.
Can I feed My Dog Raw Salmon?
The short answer is no. We don’t want our dogs eating raw salmon for the same reasons we don’t want to feed raw salmon to our friends and family (and dogs are family, afterall). Raw salmon contains things like parasites (known as Neorickettsia helminthoeca), worms, and other nasty things that can negatively affect your pet. Feeding your dog raw salmon can cause stomach issues, nausea, diarrhea, or even worse — it can be fatal — so it’s best to just not do it.
Can I feed My Dog Cooked Salmon?
The short and sweet answer is yes. As long as it’s cooked all the way through it’s perfectly fine to feed your dog cooked salmon. Ideally, the least seasoned it is — the better it is for your pup. So if you find yourself with some salmon over a grill or over a stove top and your meat is cooked but not yet seasoned, go ahead and feel free to safely throw your dog a piece of your deliciously cooked salmon.
Can I feed My Dog Salmon Skin?
Even when cooked, it’s not recommended to feed your dog salmon skin. While it is nutrient dense, salmon skin has way too much fat in it. Salmon is already a pretty fatty fish, so generally it is not recommended to feed your dog any additional salmon skin.
How often can I feed my dog Salmon?
One serving of salmon per week is the perfect amount to keep your dog healthy and happy. Like all things when it comes to diet, having a variety of healthy foods is best, so don’t serve your dog more than one serving of cooked salmon per week. This is to help avoid things like Salmon poisoning, getting in too many essential fatty acids, etc.
How much Salmon should I feed my dog?
Ideally, the rule of thumb is 100g of Salmon per 10 pounds of body weight. A little bit goes a long way! Remember, you want to feed them plain, cooked salmon with no seasonings.
What type of Salmon is best for my dog? Canned vs Fresh? Wild Caught vs Farmed?
Some Salmon is better than no salmon. While it is best to get wild caught, fresh salmon, going for the cheaper stuff is perfectly fine as well. If you do decide to go the route of canned Salmon, make sure its canned in water and not in oil, as the oil could cause negative side effects in your dogs.
What are some healthy and homemade Salmon recipes for dogs that you recommend?
Salmon is one of our favorite ingredients for our furry best friends. That’s why we’ve developed several homemade salmon recipes, which includes both snack and meal time-type recipes!
Salmon Omelette: Our favorite dog omelette recipe is one that your canine best-friend will love. It’s a grain-free recipe, so it’s great for dogs on sensitive diets. High in protein, high in essential fatty acids, and extra delicious to boot.
Salmon Square Snackers: Our favorite homemade dog food with salmon recipe are as nutritious as they are delicious. You can easily make these ahead of time and use these as a yummy and healthy way to treat your pup whenever you want to reward them.