Is Wild Salmon Fish Skin Bad for Dogs?

by Axl J. Amistaadt
    When Buster wants a treat, slip him some skin.

    When Buster wants a treat, slip him some skin.

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    Certain behaviors that we consider gross and disgusting are normal for healthy canines. Even your prissy pooch may indulge in distasteful sniffing of poop and other doggie derrieres, or opportunistically sneak a whiff of your tushie. Dogs delight in discovering dead things, then gleefully rolling in them. So it shouldn’t surprise you that Buster greedily sucks down the fish hides you find unappetizing. Don’t worry -- salmon skins are smart treat choices for your buddy.

    Pretty is as Pretty Eats

    Scaled, cooked wild salmon skin and flesh are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which support your dog’s immune system. These substances also help to maintain healthy, shiny coats. But, because raw salmon can transmit parasites to dogs, offer only fully cooked fishy treats to Buster.

    Torn Between Two Lovers

    Retailers often label wild-caught salmon as “Pacific salmon” (Oncorhynchus). This genus consists of seven different species, which all die shortly after spawning. The Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is a single-species genus, typically farm-raised and capable of spawning repeatedly. Wild salmon flesh and skins have less contaminants, pollutants, calories, sodium and cholesterol than farm-raised salmon. Wild fish also harbor fewer cancer-causing PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyl), heavy metal and mercury levels than their farm-raised cousins.

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    About the Author

    A full-time writer since 2007, Axl J. Amistaadt is a DMS 2013 Outstanding Contributor Award recipient. He publishes online articles with major focus on pets, wildlife, gardening and fitness. He also covers parenting, juvenile science experiments, cooking and alternative/home remedies. Amistaadt has written book reviews for Work At Home Truth.

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