I was searching in the old forum for posts about giving sardines/salmon but now that we are here I guess I'll just ask my questions. I think I remember seeing people either giving 1 can or 2 cans a week and was wondering what amount should be given? Also, should the can of salmon/sardines replace 1 meal the day it is given, or is it just an extra treat? Also is Salmon better than sardines or are they pretty equal?
I also remember someone being advised to use unsalted sardines (and I guess this applies to salmon as well) but I was browsing the canned fish aisle at the grocery story and didn't see any sardines or salmon that were unsalted. Do they come that way or did I maybe misinteript something?
Just rinse them; that will take care of the salt problem.* I know some give the entire can (after working up to it); but I usually split a can amongst my guys.* In other words, last night they had canned mackerel; I think I used 3 cans amongst 6 labs, cut their kibble for that feeding in half and topped it with the jack mack.* They would have liked to have had the entire can to themselves!* HA!* They usually get it 2-3 times/week.*
I usually do the same with the sardines even though the cans are smaller.* Just watch out for the sardines in hot sauce!
I do the same as zoezoe -- I just cut back on the kibble and add in either salmon or sardines. A can of sardines will usually last 2 to 3 feeding for me -- guess I'm not giving very much. I haven't tried the mackerel because I've never seen it in the store.Originally Posted by zoezoe
Thanks guys for the replies! I just thought of something else. Is there any advantage/disadvantage to buying a whole (minus head and tail) salmon? When my husband noticed that a can of salmon could range anywhere from $1 - $5 a can he went over to the seafood section and saw a 3lb salmon for $9.50. He said he would rather buy a fresh salmon, cut it up into small portions and freeze them. I wasn't so sure of this because I didn't know how much should be given at a time then and if there was some advantage to using canned salmon. Any thoughts?
I give one can of sardines a week. I replace about 1/3 of the meal with the sardines. If you're feeding more than one dog, I'd use canned Mackeral instead of canned Salmon. Mack is sooo much cheaper than Salmon.
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Mackerel is a lot cheaper than salmon, but if you look for sales I can usually find salmon around $1 a can. I like canned because it lasts pretty much forever, and I'll eat it occasionally (I won't eat mackerel or sardines). I have 3 dogs and split a can among them. I usually give that to them with their kibble maybe 2-3 times a week. I don't know about the raw--mine definitely wouldn't eat raw fish. Seems like canned would be more economical. I pay more than $1 a can for most wet dog foods, so I don't mind paying that for salmon or mackerel.
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It's been a long since I was in vet school, and we don't have many fresh salmon in Texas, but it seems that I vaguely remember a fluke or parasite of some sort that dogs can get from eating raw salmon. Can anyone help me out here? ???
I buy fresh salmon a lot at Costco. Just last week I defrosted some and then decided I didn't want it, so I cooked it for the dogs. Fresh is always good!! I don't know about serving it raw, though; I always cook mine.Originally Posted by Tagen
Yeh, I've heard something about raw salmon; that's why I said I always cook mine first. I also noticed at the fresh fish market they had a special section for "sushi" salmon.Originally Posted by ruff n tumble crew
Atantic salmon usually has a parasite that can only be killed by cooking. Pacific salmon is not supposed to have this parasite. I feed salmon from Costco which is pacific but I always cook it first just to be sure.