How to Introduce Fish in a Raw Dog Food Diet
Revamp those tired and plain raw dog food recipes. Include a handful or two of whole fish in your dog’s diet. Save money and skip those useless supplements like flax seed oil, cod liver oil, vitamin E, vitamin C, grape seed extract, colostrums, garlic supplements, brewers yeast, and veggie and fruit-based extracts. Buy fish instead. Always remember that dogs are carnivorous and that any kind of plant-based nutrients are useless to them.
If you haven’t tried it before, then now is the best time to begin incorporating whole and uncooked fish in your fresh dog food diet. Fish is an essential and a very excellent whole food source for carnivorous pets. In any proper raw diet scheme for dogs and cats, whole fish carcasses must always be included. Not only does fish serve as a variety fare, it is also quite nutritious and tasty.
As for which type of fish to feed your dog, just go ahead and buy whatever is cheapest. Sardines are very cheap, and your dog will love them once they get used to the taste of sardines! Fish heads are deliciously wonderful for many dogs. If, at first, your dog doesn’t like it, then wait for a while until he gets used to the taste of fish. Your dog will ultimately like fish.
What’s important is that the fish that you feed your dog must be fresh and whole. The scales and the fins must still be intact. The guts must still be inside the fish. Whole fish will provide your pet dog with all the important whole food requirements.
If in any case you don’t have any access to raw or fresh fish, then feed your dog with canned fish. But don’t do this regularly. Canned fish varieties are processed and have an unhealthy level of sodium content.
And don’t worry about fish bones at all. Fish bones are never an issue when it comes to raw fish. Cooked fish, yes! The dogs can get intestinal or throat blockage with the brittle bones of cooked fish. Blockage is rarely seen with uncooked fish bones. As long as the fish is fed whole, raw, and completely unprocessed, then all dogs and all cats can eat them.
As for fish which are fished from lakes and rivers, you must always exercise care and err to the side of caution. Salmon has been recently reported to contain a parasite that is only deadly to dogs. Avoid feeding salmon to your pets. Raw salmon (and also trout) is a no-no! Stay away from trout and salmon which are caught in the Pacific Northwest.