Can Dogs Eat Salmon? It Depends if it’s Cooked or Raw

Can Dogs Eat SalmonIf you don’t know the answer to, “Can dogs eat salmon?”, it’s good you asked now before it’s too late, since you might give your dog sushi as a treat or allow your dog to eat a raw fish he caught in a lake, and you may not think about the possible risks… however the deadly bacteria in raw fish, like salmon and trout, can be extremely harmful for your dog because these parasites can cause damage to your dog’s brain, liver, lungs or lymphoid tissues… even worse, your dog could die if his bacterial infection goes untreated.

This vital dog health news brief gives you 3 easy salmon recipes you can make at home to give your dog delicious cooked salmon treats that will prevent raw fish poisoning.

Can Dogs Eat Salmon?  Avoid Risks From Raw Salmon With 3 Cooked Salmon Recipes

If you already know about the health risks of raw salmon, check out the recipes in the next section below.

Risks and Symptoms of Salmon Poisoning:

  • Salmon poisoning disease – Fish that swim upstream to spawn from places like San Francisco to Alaska may be infected with a parasitic organism called Neorickettsia helminthoeca. When your dog eats infected raw fish, the bacteria may get into his bloodstream and cause damage to your dogs brain, liver, lungs, and lymphoid tissues.  The answer to the question, “can dogs eat salmon” is that salmon is only safe for your dog if it’s cooked.
  • Symptoms of salmon poisoning – Your dog’s symptoms develop in 6 to 10 days and can include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, depression, discharge from his nose or eyes, and weight loss. 
  • Diagnosis – Rush your dog to your local animal emergency hospital if you suspect he has eaten raw salmon.  Diagnosis includes a fecal analysis to detect parasite eggs or a sample from your dog’s swollen lymph node to check for this deadly bacteria.
  • Treatment – After your dog’s diagnosis, your veterinarian may need to prescribe an antibiotic and dewormer. Note that salmon poisoning disease can be fatal within two weeks if it goes untreated.

3 Simple Cooked Salmon Recipes

Salmon and salmon skin can be safe for your dog as long as it’s cooked or grilled. Don’t season it with garlic or onions and make sure to remove the bones before you serve it.

Health benefits for your dog include natural omega-3 acids, which help your dog’s fur and skin, and they also boost your dog’s immune system.

Now, you should always deep freeze your salmon and all types of raw fish for 7 days before you cook it and feed to your dog.

1. Sweet Potato Biscuits

Ingredients

1 small can wild caught Alaskan pink salmon, drained

1 medium steamed sweet potato, peeled and mashed

3 cups chickpea flour

2 large eggs

3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in food processor

Refrigerate dough in an airtight container for at least 1 hour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Use parchment paper to line cookie sheets

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and sprinkle more flour on the dough

Lightly dust your fingers and rolling pin with flour to prevent sticking

Use rolling pin to roll out dough until it’s 1/8 inch thick

Use cookie cutter to make 32 biscuits

Put biscuits on cookie sheets and bake for 30 minutes

Make sure biscuits are crisp and the centers are hard

Cool and serve

Store biscuits in an airtight container up to 4 weeks

Give your dog 1 biscuit as a treat

2. Salmon Dog Food

Ingredients:

1 small can of salmon – remove bones

1 beaten egg

3 tablespoons cornmeal

1 sweet potato

1 carrot

1 stalk celery

Coconut oil

Directions:

Combine salmon, egg and cornmeal and mix well

Make patties and dust with cornmeal

Fry patties in coconut oil until brown on both sides

Chop potato, carrot and celery into chunks

Boil vegetables until soft

Chop up cooked patties and mix with boiled vegetables

Cool and serve

Start with 3-5 tablespoons as a small meal or treat for your dog

3. Earle the Service Dog’s Grilled Salmon Skin

Can Dogs Eat Salmon Ingredients:

Salmon skin

Directions:

Cook pieces of salmon skin on grill – nothing added

Cool and serve

Give your dog 3-5 small pieces of grilled salmon skin as a healthy treat

You can also cook salmon skin in coconut oil in your frypan.

Now, I want to give a special thanks to Chris Slavin and Earle the Service Dog, for contacting Dog Health News to ask for help to spread awareness about the dangers of this deadly bacteria in raw salmon.

Can Dogs Eat SalmonHere’s how Earle the Service Dog addressed the question, “can dogs eat salmon?”: 

“… dogs can NOT eat raw Salmon! It often contains a parasite deadly to dogs.”

Interestingly, dogs are the only animal susceptible to these deadly bacteria. Cats, bears and wolves do not get sick from it. It can be fatal, so, either cook your dog’s salmon meat, or just feed your dog the skin.

Lastly, you should always cook fish you feed your dog until it’s well done to kill the parasites. NO salmon sushi for dogs, ever. Cooked salmon is very healthy for your pup. 

Earle is a yellow Labrador Retriever Service/Assistance Dog, trained through the National Education for Assistance Dog Services ( N.E.A.D.S. ), Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, in Princeton, Massachusetts.

This news brief answers your question, “can dogs eat salmon” and gives you 3 easy recipes for cooked salmon treats you can make at home so you can keep your dog healthy like Earle. 

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