I’ve noticed an increase in the number of dog foods available containing fish, mainly salmon. Is it ok for dogs to eat fish and, if so, what are the benefits?
Lisa Johns, by email
Harringtons Pet Food says...
Fish is a valuable source of protein for dogs. As on the whole it is low in saturated fats but high in unsaturated fats such as Omega 3. This is particularly the case for fatty fish such as salmon and trout. A diet high in omega 3 may help maintain a healthy heart and vascular system and it can have beneficial effects on the joints. Omega 3 helps to maintain supple skin and a glossy coat and it has been shown to play a supportive role in immune system function.
Fish is also palatable to many dogs and can be a useful alternative protein source for animals that suffer from allergies relating to meats such as beef and chicken.