Is Mackerel Good for Dogs? What You Need to Know

Is Mackerel Good For Dogs


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You might be wondering whether or not the Mackerel fish is good for dogs. The simple answer is yes.

But what exactly are the health benefits, why is Mackerel so good for dogs, and which type of Mackerel should you feed them (and not feed them)?

In this article, we will explain a bit more about the key benefits of Mackerel and the different types available such as canned Mackerel in brine and other flavours, fresh Mackerel, and dehydrated Mackerel treats.

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Why is Mackerel Good for Dogs?

Mackerel is absolutely loaded with essential nutrients for your dog’s health and wellbeing!

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

And the Mercury content? Fish caught in Australian oceans are generally known to have very low levels of Mercury, and Mackerel is regarded as having a super low Mercury content.

The Benefits of Mackerel Fish for Dogs

Omega-3 for Dogs

Omega-3s are known as ‘essential fatty acids’ and are one of the most important nutrients for your dog’s wellbeing. Here are a few important benefits you should know about Omega-3s for dogs.

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

Helps Dry and Flaky Skin – Omega-3s are particularly useful for reducing skin inflammation that results in itchiness and a poor quality coat for dogs of all ages.

Boosts Immune Strength – Omega-3s boost your dog’s overall immune strength which can reduce the risk of common health complications like ear yeast infections.

Improves Heart Health – Omega 3 has positive effects on heart function and is able to help lower blood pressure. Dogs getting a healthy dose of 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) enables your dog 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.

Vitamin D for Dogs

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

Us hoomans can get a healthy dose of Vitamin D from the sun, but this is not the case for dogs. Some pet owners go and buy expensive Vitamin D supplements for their dogs, but this is not the only way…

Fish treats like Mackerel, Sardines and Green Lipped Mussels are a natural source of Vitamin D. These fish contain a healthy amount of Vitamin D, enough to be beneficial but not excessive.

Is Mackerel Good for Dogs With Allergies?

Yes! Since Mackerel is a great source of Omega-3 essential oils, it can help to reduce inflammation of your dog’s skin and reduce itchiness.

However, if your dog is a breed that is prone to pancreatitis like mini-Schnauzers, we’d recommend feeding Mackerel and other fish based treats in moderation. If you were still keen to give your

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

Dehydrated Mackerel Treats for Dogs

Mackerel offered to dogs should contain little to no sodium and no additional flavours. All Oh My Paws treats contain absolutely no added salt.

We offer two types of Mackerel Treats which are both very popular with all breeds of dogs right across Australia.

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Mackerel Chews Natural Dog Treats

Mackerel Chews are made of Omega-3 rich Mackerel Skin twisted into an easy to chew treat. They can easily be cut into smaller pieces to make a highly effective bit sized training treat.

Mackerel and Cartilage Dog Treats

Mackerel & Cartilage has Omega-3 rich Mackerel Skin wrapped around a chewy piece of shark cartilage offering a longer lasting treat for medium to large dogs.

Our unique slow drying process removes moisture from the Mackerel keeping it good for longer without the use of any preservatives or additives. Slow drying retains a higher amount of essential nutrients than other methods.

Can Dogs Eat Canned Mackerel in Brine? (MUST READ)

Dogs cannot eat canned Mackerel in brine with or without additional flavours added like tomato sauce, onions, garlic, or spices. Brine is salt water, and excessive salt is no good for your dog.

Pay close attention to the amount of sodium (salt) in store bought canned Mackerel.

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 also recommend avoiding canned Mackerel in vegetable oils, but you could consider those in plain spring water. Just be sure to read the contents carefully.

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