Can my dog eat salmon?

Yes, dogs can eat salmon that is cooked, but raw salmon can contain a parasite that can kill your canine.

Fish should always be cooked when given to dogs to avoid a potentially lethal disease known as Salmon Poisoning Disease. Though most closely associated with salmon, the disease can also be caught from any other fish that swim upstream breed. The problem occurs when a fish is contaminated with a parasite called Nanophyetus salmincola that is infected by Neorickettsia helminthoeca. When dogs eat infected raw fish the canines will show symptoms in six days or less. Symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Dehydration

Untreated dogs will die from this disease in less than two weeks in nearly 100 percent of all cases. Consequently, it’s vital to avoid raw fish for your dogs.

If you’re preparing fish at home, it is important to use boneless fillets as the small bones can easily get lodged in a dog’s throat and choke them. It is also important to prepare any meat without any salt, pepper, or garlic. It’s also important to avoid using any oil, oil sprays, grease, or butter. To be safe, it’s suggested that you inspect any fish meat before cooking to make sure all bones have been removed.

Fish species that are safer for dogs to eat include:


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