- Not a substitute for professional veterinary help.
Maybe. Fish is a great source of protein and contains Omega 3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and also support a healthier coat. Fish skin is an especially potent source of Omega 3 acids.
However, it’s higher in fat content and can potentially contain dangerous parasites if it isn’t thoroughly cooked. That said, it should be fine to share fish skin with your dog if you make sure:
- The fish skin is completely cooked.
- The scales of the fish are not unusually large or sharp.
- The fish did not come from polluted waters.
- You only share fish with your dog periodically (to avoid mercury exposure).
- You only share a small amount of fish skin with your dog (not the skin from a whole fish).
Peel a cooked skin off a salmon filet at home, and chop or tear it up into bite-sized pieces for your dog.
Alternatively, give your dog a safely prepared dehydrated fish skin treat, like Honest Kitchen Beams, which are very popular with fish-loving pups.
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