The One Key Benefit of Salmon For Dogs

The One Key Benefit of Salmon For Dogs

Dr. Maria de Bettencourt Tavares Dr. Maria de Bettencourt Tavares
5 minute read

Looking to learn everything about salmon for dogs? You've come to the right place. 

To celebrate this new year and empower dog owners to continue trying new healthy, nutritious dog treats, we have recently launched our Salmon and Beef Delight dog treats.

Now, let's address the benefits of Salmon for a dog's health.

Sit back, relax,  and maybe share a Salmon Delight treat with your dog while reading this article!

Yes, we mean it! If you’d like to, we suggest that you can also try our treats. Our ingredients are organic and always of human-grade quality. Also, all our recipes, without exception, have been developed in collaboration with a culinary chef. The final result is a delicacy both for your dog and for you, too.

Now, back to the nutritious salmon!

Is Salmon Safe for Dogs?

Yes, it is both safe and very nutritious. In fact, it is an ingredient widely used in more premium dog treat brands. There is one main benefit of salmon for dogs:

Salmon: a rich source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids for dogs

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are also known as essential fatty acids (EFA). The body cannot naturally produce them. Therefore, both us humans and our four-legged friends get them from a food source. Salmon for dogs is a perfect source.

Omega-3 is known to be an anti-inflammatory ingredient, for both humans and dogs. Therefore, it is important for wound healing, stiff and aching joints (highly recommended for dogs with arthritis), and also for a dog’s healthy skin and coat. This fatty acid aids the skin in remaining healthy and flexible.

Although there are sources of plant-based Omega-3, science has shown that this type of Omega-3 is less effective in its cellular functions described above. For that reason, a good fish source is advised.

Omega 6, similar to Omega 3 is known to contribute to reproduction, growth, and a healthy immune system. Although both Omegas are key in a healthy canine diet, it is important to keep them in balance – three to four times more Omega 6 than 3 is advisable.

Unfortunately, most pet food brands contain too much Omega 6 but not enough Omega 3. Some brands will include a small amount just to be able to market their product including EFAs. Always look at the labels before making your purchase.

I read “salmon meal” and “fish meal” on my dog food label. Is this the same as Salmon?

No, it is not! And in fact, it is important to know the difference.

Salmon meal (or fish meal) is the legal name (appropriate for food labels) given to the remains of the salmon that have been treated and processed for human food.

It is hard to know the exact composition of this, but salmon skin, bones, and other remains of salmon meat will be part of the “salmon meal”.

On the contrary, if you see Salmon, it means that the same type of fillet you would get from a fishmonger to eat yourself is being used for your dog food. This means you benefit from all its nutrients and health benefits

Both LOONAWELL, as well as most nutritionists, agree that salmon meal (or fish meal) is unlikely to be as nutritionally beneficial as fresh salmon for dogs.

What is The Best Way to Give Salmon to a Dog?

To be cautious, always give your dog cooked salmon.

Unfortunately, in some cases, raw salmon may contain certain parasites that can be harmful to your dog. When cooked, and exposed to high temperatures the parasite is inactivated. On top of this hazard, raw salmon may contain small brittle bones that can choke your dog or lodge in its intestine, so one more reason to avoid it. 

What Kind of Salmon does LOONAWELL Use and Where does it Come From?

We use the same salmon fillets in our dog treats that we use in our own meals at home. This means a fresh and unprocessed source of salmon, like all other ingredients.

Our organic salmon comes from Ireland, where the waters are dynamic and the salmon is raised without hormones or antibiotics. It originates from a farming cooperative, developed with the social ambition of ensuring that its younger generations have a reason and means to remain in the area.

We slightly cook our fresh salmon, before we mix it with the remaining ingredients and make a dough, which is then baked to produce our delicious biscuits.

Is Salmon Good for Dogs with Allergies?

In principle, salmon is good for dogs with allergies. Salmon belongs to the group of hypoallergenic foods, and in fact, if your dog is allergic to other protein sources like chicken (showing signs of poor digestion such as diarrhea), then salmon for dogs might be a good alternative.

LOONAWELL Salmon Delight organic baked treats

Now that you know all about the healthy benefits of salmon and what a crucial role it can play in your dog’s diet, why not embrace those benefits with our LOONAWELL organic treats?

We recommend that you mix and match our different treats throughout the day. This way, your dog can have access to different natural flavor experiences as well as a wider variety of health benefits. Our Beef Delight and Salmon Delight treats can add to your healthy rotation.

LOONAWELL compromises on nothing when it comes to your dog’s diet, meaning delicious dog treats that are full of nutritional value.

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