As our companions through life, dogs happen to get in touch with all the food we eat, and if you’re one of those with a versatile diet, you know that seafood cannot be omitted. Even so, if your diet is simple, you still get in touch with canned seafood, and for some, sharing it with their dog became a part of their lives. The truth is that we do it instantly, as we don’t have time to overthink it or to explore it, but there are more than a few issues here. Firstly, seafood can be implemented in a dog’s diet, but with caution. They can eat some things, but not all. Furthermore, some have been proven harmful, and still, they are seen often in dog food bowls.
To help you understand it better, we conducted research and found why and how. While we did focus on the health and why certain foods are bad for your dog, we also focused on selecting them out, so here you’ll find two lists, the ones you can give your dog and the ones you cannot. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Seafood to implement in dog’s diet
Something you’ve probably come across when visiting Japan or a Japanese store. Seaweeds are usually sold in the form of dried sheets and are a secret source of both protein and minerals. They’re easy to implement in dog’s diet and have a long list of benefits, such as they help with liver and kidney function. Apart from that, they also affect the thyroid, and we all know how crucial it is to use supplements to keep it healthy in dogs.
Surprising reveal on the list of the food you should feed your dog with if possible is definitely sardines. While they are also paired up with herring, we chose them for this list individually. Herring can also be implemented, but still is a more demanding fish. Given the list of benefits, sardines are ideal if you’re looking for a food which can be served raw to a dog. They may prefer it in various forms, but to avoid any unnecessary oxidation, serving them raw is our advice. It’s always better to look for the healthier option instead of fooling yourself with a fact your dog focuses on taste, and taste alone.
While Kelp is usually o0n the list for its perfect vitamin supplement, this time we present it in a different light, and that is the one that classifies it as a seafood. Kelp is an ideal choice for those looking to get rid of toxins, and when it comes to dogs, this is usually an issue to be solved as well. Toxins come from a variety of sources, and having a solution to it in a form of seafood such as Kelp is relieving. So, bear in mind that it’s something you should have around in dried form, as that0s the easiest way to implement it.
While often avoided, phytoplankton actually is quite beneficial, especially for dogs. Given it helps with joint injuries, and the immune system, it can be called out for being versatile. As for dogs, it’s an ideal supplement for other seafood with extreme levels of Mercury and Omega-3 acids. Still, you need to pay attention to whether this alga is organic or not if you’re looking to get the most out of the benefits.
Seafood to avoid
While it’s recommended that we use as much as possible, fish oil can be lethal to dogs and here is why. The praised Omega-3 fat has a major flaw, and this is the fact they don’t handle the oxygen. Apart from being contaminated with Mercury, fish oil can cause skin irritation with almost every dog breed. This is probably the most obvious one, as apart from that, in the long run, fish oil causes liver failure and cancer, which is why you should keep your dog away from it as much as possible.
One of the cheaper seafood options is definitely Tilapia, and while it may look tempting, it’s doesn’t come with the long list of benefits. The reason why lies in the fact it’s usually farmed, and these farms are mostly located in China. The ponds where they grow Tilapia is flooded with pesticides as usual, but the danger lies in the fact the use of antibiotics as well. So, if you’re looking to keep your dog safe, avoid it at all costs, and consider taking it out of your diet as well.
While we selected tuna as representative, given tuna is seen in most of the households, the truth is we wanted to focus on large fish, and here is why. Tuna, for example, like any other large fish is exposed to Mercury waste, extremely toxic for us, let alone for dogs. No matter how and where they got it, most of the rivers and seas are polluted to the level where we can no longer tell if it’s good or not. Smaller fish has little or no Mercury at all present, due to the organization of the food chain which makes it easier, and helps us focus on a better side. Yet, large fish is to be avoided for reason, as Mercury poisoning affects dogs more than we can realize.
Seafood can be a tricky one. Of course, there are also types which you should dose carefully, and avoid if you can, but we decided to ease it for you. This way, you’ll have the idea of why some are to be avoided and some are to be implemented. Make sure to get familiar with the facts before doing anything else, but know that while some are harmful, there are always alternative choices, and when considered, the health of your dog is not something that you should take lightly. In the end, we all know how crucial the dieting part is in this process.