Can Dogs Eat Sardines? Warnings and Benefits You Need to Know First

Are Sardines Good For Dogs


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Are Sardines good for dogs? Simply, yes they’re amazing.

Now if that’s enough to convince you, then click here to get some Whole Sardines for your dog today.

But what exactly are the health benefits, why are Sardines so good for dogs, and which type of Sardines should you feed them?

In this article, we will explain a bit more about the key benefits of Sardines, and which Sardines are best to feed to your dog.

Why are Sardines Good for Dogs?

Sardines are absolutely loaded with essential nutrients for your dog’s health and wellbeing!

Sardines are a great source of Omega-3. Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, and amino acids. This makes them a super healthy addition to your dog’s daily meals, or occasional treat for behaving well.

The Benefits of Sardines for Dogs

Omega-3 for Dogs

Omega-3s are otherwise referred to as essential fatty acids. These are one of the most effective nutrients in Sardines for your dog’s health. Here are a few important benefits you should know about:

Reduces Inflammation – Omega 3s are particularly useful for controlling inflammation for dogs. This can assist with managing allergies and skin disorders like severe itching and loss of hair.

Reduces Arthritis Inflammation – Omega 3s are particularly effective for older dogs with arthritis. It can significantly reduce discomfort and severity of inflammation in joints.

Helps Dry and Flaky Skin – when your dog has a poor-quality coat it also at an increased risk of skin irritation, itching, skin allergies and bacterial infections.

Prevents Yeast Infections – ear yeast infections are among one of the most common health complications for dogs. Omega 3s can help to reduce the risk of developing, and even treat these types of infections.

Improves Heart Health – Omega 3 has positive effects on heart function and is able to help lower blood pressure. Dogs consuming Omega 3 may reduce their chances of developing an irregular heart rhythm, otherwise known as arterial fibrillation.

Supports Brain Development in Puppies – it has been shown that puppies eating foods high in Omega 3s performed better in tests that involved memory, balance, and coordination.

Vitamin B12 for Dogs

Vitamin B12, also called Cobalamin, is an important nutrient for your dog’s health in so many ways.

Vitamin B12 is essential for allowing your dog’s body to absorb Iron. Dogs with a lack of Vitamin B12 may develop anaemia which causes a general lack of energy, weakness, and loss of appetite among other problems.

Vitamin B12 also supports your dog’s brain and spinal cord to work properly. It helps to increase red blood cells which is required for maintaining energy levels. And, it helps to keep your dog’s appetite, which means they can still get all their other essential nutrients through their food.

Vitamin D for Dogs

Vitamin D is a nutrient which helps your dog balance minerals like calcium and phosphorus in their body, essential to maintaining healthy bones.

While humans can get a healthy dose of Vitamin D from the sun, this is not the case for dogs. Some pet owners turn to expensive Vitamin D supplements for their dogs, but they must be careful as too much Vitamin D can actually lead to poisoning.

A great natural source of Vitamin D for dogs is fish based treats and meals like whole Sardines. The Vitamin D in Sardines comes in a healthy and moderate amount, enough to have the health benefits, but not be excessive.

Are Sardines Good for Dogs With Allergies?

Yes! Since Sardines are a great source of Omega-3 essential oils, they can help to reduce inflammation of your dogs skin and reduce itchiness.

However, if your dog is a breed that is prone to pancreatitis like mini Schnauzers, we’d recommend feeding Sardines and other fish based treats in moderation. Omega-3 essential offer plenty of amazing health benefits for dogs, but they may not be so suitable for a dog requiring a strictly low fat diet.

If your dog has IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), or experiences an easily upset stomach, then we’d also suggest trying Sardines in moderation first. Our 100g pack of dehydrated Sardines is a great place to start.

Where to Buy Sardines for Dogs

Supermarket Canned Sardines

There are plenty of varieties of Sardines available in the supermarket. You probably know that some taste great on toast in the morning. But are these supermarket Sardines good for dogs?

If there are any flavours added like onions, garlic, or spices, then STOP IMMEDIATELY! Also, pay close attention to the amount of sodium (salt) in store bought canned Sardines. While salt is tasty for humans and OK in moderation, a typical 15kg dog only needs about 100mg (0.1 grams) of sodium per day.

Too much sodium can heavily dehydrate your dog, causing other illnesses, or even lead to sodium poisoning. This is something you definitely want to avoid.

We’d recommend steering well clear of any Sardines canned in oil or brine (salt water). You could consider those in plain spring water but be sure to read the contents carefully.

Dehydrated Sardines for Dogs

Sardines that have been intended specifically for dogs should contain little to no sodium and no additional flavours.

Oh My Paws Whole Sardines have absolutely no salt added. The unique low temperature slow drying process removes moisture from the Sardines keeping them good for longer without the use of any preservatives or additives. Slow drying also retains a higher amount of essential nutrients than other commercially available products.

What you see is what you get, 100% slow Whole Sardines (though it is not something you or I as humans will enjoy eating due to the lack of salt).

100 grams of dehydrated Oh My Paws Sardines is equivalent to about 250 to 300 grams of fresh raw Sardines once the water has been removed. They retain a high percentage of their essential nutrients, and last much longer when stored as per recommended instructions.

Check out our packs of Whole Sardines. There options for 100 grams containing about 10 individual fish, or 200 grams containing about 20 individual fish.

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Whole Sardines for Dogs

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