Can Dogs Eat Salmon?

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Salmon is a very popular plate and also it is recommended for humans as a very healthy meal to eat , so how about a  perfectly cooked salmon , isn’t  it a mouthwatering option for your dinner, especially if  you put it over a bed of greens, pair it with a side of couscous, or enjoy it alongside steamed vegetables, you can as well add some salmon slices into a pasta plate or along with some veggies salad, or on the top of pizza , for many people salmon is just a paradise.

Salmon And Dogs

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But, what about your furry four-legged friend, you might have realized so far that there is a lot of dog food based on salmon, yes salmon as usual makes an appearance on many dog food ingredient lists, but regarding cooked salmon or raw salmon that we enjoy during our meals, you may wonder or ask yourself is it okay to serve my dog salmon? Can my dog share with me some salmon slices or not? Can I resist my dog’s eyes that are begging me to give it a bite of salmon?

Well, calm down , no worries, as in this article we are going to talk about the story of dogs and salmon, in addition we will answer the question of ” can dog eat salmon’?, also we will reveal the health benefits of salmon along with the dangers and risks of salmon, and also many safety rules, tips, and trick that should be followed, so keep reading this and stay tuned xoxo .

So, the first question in today’s article is… is it okay to serve salmon to my dog? Or in other words, Can really dog eat salmon?.

Can I Give My Dog Salmon?

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So, if you want a short and straight answer, good news!! Yes, Yes! It shouldn’t come as a surprise that not only dogs can eat salmon, but also salmon has a lot of health benefits to dogs.

So, this will lead us to move to our next question which is.. what are the health benefits of salmon?

Benefits Of Salmon For Dogs


It is actually a great idea to serve salmon to your dog occasionally, as salmon has a lot of health benefits to your dog that may include the following:

  • First of all, salmon is considered to be a good alternative for dogs that have an allergic reaction to chicken and meat, moreover, salmon is filled with many important vitamins like Vitamin A, all kinds of Vitamin B, and Vitamin D as well.
  • In addition, salmon is high in   minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and zinc, along with  omega-3 fatty acids and protein, it is important to consider as well that salmon is low in fat, which makes it one of the best foods that can benefit you and your pet, as salmon has many beneficial roles like :
  • It helps to improve the coat and skin of your dog, making it soft and shiny, regulates the immune system, it helps to reduce inflammation that can lead to conditions such as arthritis, in addition, it helps to prevent skin allergies, calming overactive immune systems for dogs with allergies or autoimmune diseases, fights heart disease and can help lower blood pressure and triglycerides, provides support for dogs with kidney disease and useful in the treatment of kidney problems , along with promoting  weight loss in overweight dogs, helping the brain development in fetuses and in puppies, aiding the digestive system, reducing the risk of heart disease, helping to prevent cancer or slow the growth of cancer cell .
  • helps in producing more collagen, salmon as well helps to reduce kidney issues, such as loss of appetite and frequent urination …

On the other hand, and despite the fact that salmon is very healthy and has a lot of health benefits, it has as well some side effects that may include the following:

Side-effects Of Salmon For Dogs

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Well,  be aware that raw and smoked salmon can contain a type of bacteria that enters a dog’s system, and can lead to serious health problems, ranging from mild symptoms like an upset stomach to more severe health issues such as gastrointestinal issues and possibly even leading to an untimely demise.

You need to consider as well that many small bones present in a piece of salmon and these bones can cause a choking hazard if swallowed.

We need to be aware that overeating or eating raw salmon can lead to salmon poisoning, and its symptoms may include the following:  fever- vomiting- diarrhea- in addition to, dehydration, lymph node enlargement, and can lead to death within 14 days if it is not treated.

So, If you notice any of the above symptoms in your dog after feeding salmon, call your vet as soon as possible.

And now let’s focus on some safety rules and tips that should be followed to make your dog enjoy eating salmon.

How To Serve Salmon To Your Dog?

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First, you need to feed your dog plain, cooked salmon without any salt, pepper, herbs, fats or other seasonings, as all of these are toxic to your dog and can lead to many serious health issues.

Also, remember that you have just to serve your dog an appropriate portion size, and limit his salmon intake to once a week or less, moreover you need to skip and stay away from smoked salmon, which contains high salt levels, and fats.

Also, don’t forget to be sure to purchase and take only canned salmon that have the salmon in water rather than oil.

And always remember that  It’s a good idea to consult with your veterinarian before feeding your dog salmon, and if you get your vet’s okay you can feed your dog but of course this should be done in moderation.

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