Many dogs love the taste of fish--and that’s a good thing. Low in sodium and high in protein, fish are also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids effective in preventing and treating several canine diseases. Treats made from fish can help make for a happy, as well as healthy, dog.
Benefits of Fish Oil
Research has shown omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils to be helpful in reducing inflammation in dogs affected by arthritis. Fatty acids can help lessen the effects of certain allergies and improve dry, brittle coats. Evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids also help to reduce high blood pressure and slow the development of certain cancers.
Fish Oil Over Kibble
Pour fish oil over your dog’s daily kibble mix to make every meal a tasty, healthy treat. Fish oil can be purchased at your local health food or holistic pet store. If you are taking fish oil gel caps yourself, just cut a couple of them open and mix it into his meal. Check with your vet first to determine the correct amount to add to his meal to avoid getting too much of a good thing.
Dried Fish Chew Treats
Dogs love to chew, and dried fish skin jerky treats offer a safe, nutritious outlet for this instinct. Dried fish skin is great for the dog's teeth and encourages a healthy coat. Most pet food stores and several online vendors sell these chewy treats.
Homemade Fish Treats
It is economical and fun to make fish treats in your own kitchen. There are many web-based sources for kitchen-tested homemade fish goodies. One such source is Dog Aware, where you'll find recipes for Tuna Training Treats, Salmon Cookies and Catfish Cafe Corduroy.
Raw fish can give your dog harmful parasites and feeding him unboned fish may cause choking. Fish should not be used as a stand-alone diet because it lacks iron, calcium, sodium, and some vitamins, especially vitamin E. Fish oil is high in calories and adding it to your dog's regular diet may result in some weight gain.