The Fin-Tastic Benefits of Fish

When it comes to our dogs, we all just want the best for them. One way to ensure their health and well-being is by paying close attention to their diet, one common question is ‘Does my dog have a skin problem?’. Whilst it has been no secret, many pet owners are discovering the numerous benefits of including fish in their dog’s food. From providing essential nutrients to promoting a shiny coat, fish can be a valuable addition to your dogs diet. In this blog, we’ll explore the advantages of incorporating fish into your dog’s meals, whether it is with their dry dog food, or simply adding fish to their raw dog food diet.

1. High Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These essential fatty acids offer a multitude of health benefits for dogs:

  • Supports Healthy Skin and Coat: Omega-3s help reduce skin inflammation and promote a glossy, luscious coat. If your dog suffers from dry, itchy skin or dull fur, fish can be a natural remedy.
  • Reduces Inflammation: Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties, making them beneficial for dogs with arthritis or joint issues. They can help ease pain and discomfort.
  • Enhances Cognitive Function: DHA, in particular, is essential for brain development and cognitive function. It can be particularly beneficial for puppies and senior dogs.
  1. High-Quality Protein

Fish is an excellent source of high-quality protein. Make sure when sourcing a dog food, you check fish is the first listed ingredient, to try and get the most fish in the food. Protein is crucial for muscle development, maintenance, and overall health in dogs. Compared to some traditional protein sources, such as beef and chicken, fish is often more easily digestible and less likely to cause allergies or sensitivities. We recommend Edmondson’s Adult Salmon which has 50% freshly prepared Salmon & Trout. 

  1. Supports Cardiovascular Health

Just as Omega-3s are beneficial for humans, they play a role in maintaining your dogs heart health. These omega fatty acids help reduce the risk of heart disease by improving the blood flow in your dog and reducing the risk of blood clots. Fish can be particularly beneficial for dogs with heart conditions or those at risk of developing them. Some small dogs are prone to heart problems so Fish4Dogs Ocean White Fish Small Bite is a fantastic choice for those smaller breeds. 

  1. Aids in Allergen Management

If your dog has food sensitivities or allergies to common protein sources like beef or chicken, fish can be a welcome alternative. It’s a less common allergen for dogs and can be a valuable option for those with dietary restrictions. 80/20 based foods can be fantastic for dogs with alot of allergies as they are wheat and gluten free and contain the most minimal ingredients. Why not check out the Edmondson’s 80/20 range

  1. Dental Health

The texture of fish, especially if fed in its raw form, such as sprats, sardines or mackerel or with minimal processing, can help keep your dog’s teeth cleaner by removing plaque and tartar. Chewing on fish can act as a natural toothbrush, contributing to improved dental health in your pup. 

  1. Weight Management

Fish is a lean protein source, which can be beneficial for dogs that need to manage their weight. It provides essential nutrients without the excess calories found in some other protein sources.

  1. Improved Digestion

Many dogs find fish easier to digest than other meats, making it a suitable choice for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Additionally, the Omega-3 fatty acids in fish can help alleviate digestive issues and promote gut health.