Why is fish good for my dog?
Because it is above all a source of quality protein (about 22g per 100g of raw flesh, i.e. more than 70% once dehydrated). Because it is a source of Omega 3 whose anti-inflammatory and antiaggregating role is proven – limits the risk of thrombosis. Because it is rich in proteins (amino acids) excellent for growth. which strengthen the immune system and help build muscle. Because there is less risk of food allergies and the fish is highly digestible. Because it contains iodine for sea fish, essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. The following oily fish are recommended for dogs that exert themselves a lot: herring, mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines. And for sedentary dogs, leaner fish: hake, carp, whiting, hake, panga, bass, pollock, cod, roach, haddock, pike, sole, lemon sole, sea bream, monkfish, ray, red mullet, dogfish, turbot and swordfish .
Fish has a conservative effect on the volume of gray matter, its maintenance and its quantity in several brain areas. Consumption of fish 1 to 4 times/week suggests a risk divided by 5 of the onset of a degenerative disease or a cognitive disorder.
Consumption advice: To be consumed twice a week on average. Beware of dogs allergic to fish and shellfish, if you have never given your dog fish or a particular fish, give a small piece the first time and observe his reaction and his stools. For information, for dogs carrying the MDR1 gene mutation, these farmed fish are prohibited: farmed salmon (replace by wild salmon), rainbow trout and brown trout, salmon trout, arctic and brook trout , sea bass (replace wild sea bass), sea bream (replace with wild sea bream), sturgeon, meager, turbot for French cultures, tilapia and salmon oil (replace with wild salmon oil, sardine oil, krill oil or oil of cod liver – or even vegetable oils).
Sources: Radiological Society of North America 97th scientific assembly and annual meeting- Chicago November 27- December 2, 2011.