Yes. Tilapia is a great source of protein and contains Omega 3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and provide benefits for a dog’s cardiovascular system, brain, joints, skin, and fur. Tilapia also contains phosphorus, vitamin D, folate, and potassium. But you should only share cooked tilapia with your pet; raw fish can contain dangerous (even deadly) parasites.
Your dog will enjoy cooked tilapia that is not fried and has not been cooked in rich flavorings, lots of salt, or butter. Fried or buttery fish contains too much unhealthy fat, and rich flavorings can shock your dog’s system. The same can be said of feeding your dog too much fish, so share tilapia in small amounts only periodically—as a treat or added to your dog’s usual food. Be sure to remove any bones before serving.
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