As a dog owner, it is normal to wonder whether your furry friend can eat the same foods that you do. When it comes to salmon, there are mixed opinions on whether it is safe for dogs to consume. In this blog post, we will explore the answer to one of the most frequently asked questions about dogs and salmon – “Can dogs eat cooked salmon?”
The Short Answer: Yes
The answer is yes; dogs can eat cooked salmon in moderation. Cooked salmon contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, protein and essential vitamins such as B12 and D which help support good health in our pets just like it does in humans.
Precautions To Take
While feeding your dog cooked salmon may be safe, there are some precautions you should take before doing so. Firstly, make sure that the fish has been thoroughly cooked all through because consuming uncooked or undercooked fish can lead to parasitic infections. Secondly avoid feeding them with any seasonings or spices that could harm their digestive system.
Risks Associated With Salmon Consumption
Besides giving your pet an upset stomach due to bacterial contamination from raw or underdone seafoods – there’s also a risk of mercury poisoning if they indulge too much especially larger predatory fishes like tuna.
Despite being relatively nutritious food for pets when given at moderate amounts every time – excessive consumption of Salmon increases its risks towards developing pancreatitis (an inflamed pancreas), obesity due to overfeeding on calories present within oily/fatty cuts amongst other potential threats.
If you must feed your dog with Salmon ensure that treating them with small portions whilst avoiding any excess fat/oily bits — also ensuring the cooking process was thorough enough prior consumption would keep any potential hazards at bay entirely.
Otherwise stick with usual commercial pet diet programs unless consulted by a vet otherwise!