Our question today comes from Leanne and her chocolate Labrador Bailey, 32kgs of pure joy
Question: “I have a question I have been meaning to email you and ask. Can dogs have seafood? Salmon and basic white fish? Do you think dogs get allergies to that type of thing?
Most Dogs love fish and most kinds of seafood too in my experience. There are no reported allergies and white fish is often recommended for dogs that do have allergies. It is often high in zinc which is great for skin.
For food safety, unless you are sure of the freshness and the source, I recommend that seafood is cooked. However you do need to be aware of bones. I run my fingers over raw fish and it is pretty easy to feel bones and remove them – often just pulling them will get the bones out. Salmon tail doesn’t usually have bones, so I like to buy it to share with the fur kids.
The bones in sardines and other tinned fish, salmon, tuna, mackerel are fine to eat as they are softened by the extreme heat required in the cooking of tinned fish and still are a good source of calcium. Try to buy low salt when possible in the tinned variety. I often have tinned fish as a standby when not sure what we are having for dinner or a good quick breakfast.
Dogs also like calamari, white bait – whole tiny fish – is another quite affordable fish and available frozen in the fish mongers usually. Smoked salmon, nom nom nom, is a delicious treat and something I have resorted to when it is particularly nasty medicine to get down. Read more about “Q & A: Can dogs eat fish, salmon and seafood?” here.