I know this topic has been discussed before, but I'm wondering if I should increase the amount of salmon that I mix in with her food. Right now I'm just adding one can a week divided over three meals, but I've been reading how good it is for their joints and wondered if I should maybe increase it to a couple of cans a week. I just put about a third of a small can in her meal. I used to use sardines, but I thought they might be too salty. The salmon I can get "no salt added."
What size is the can?* 10-12 oz?* I'd be very concerned that TWO cans might be adding too much protein and calories -- upsetting, destroying the balance of the food you're now feeding (protein, fat, carbs, etc.)
There are MANY, MANY ingredients worthwhile and health preserving in foods BUT almost always, they're ONLY good when given in the right balance and proportions AND almost always hurtful when not.
But I'm not a canine food nutritionist.* The question youi're asking can only be accurately answered by a canine nutritional scientist.
To get the most solid answer, you might call your College or School of Vet Medicine if you have one in your state and ask the appropriate specialist there.*
OR, maybe a little less desirably, call the customer service # of the dog food you're feeding and ask them to ask their nutritional specialist.
I feed COSTCO/Kirkland C&R to Puff (YF, AKC, field line, 63 lbs., dob: 8-'01) -- it's a food made by the same company that makes Diamond.* *I was thinking of giving Puff a capsule a day of COSTCO/Kirkland's Fish Oil with EPA 180 mg, and DHA 120 mg.* But* I'm aware it's the BALANCE of quantities between the various Omega numbers that's most critically important.* So I called the company vet, Dr. Brookshire, and she asked the company nutritioninst.* Dr. B. reported back to me that THAT particular addition would be a very favorable supplement to the ratio of the Omegas already in the food.
If something is essential to both health and growth* -- such as fertilizer to plants or vitamins or minerals to humans -- it obviously does not follow that doubling the quantity will give even better long term results.* To determine that, you must have controlled scientific studies.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Thanks for replying Bob. The cans of salmon are only 7.5 ounces and I've never given her more than the one can a week. Originally I was giving it to her for her coat, but I figured it would be good for her joints as well....in particular hips. I've talked to the dog food company nutritionist (she is also a fully qualified vet) before on a different topic and will check with her to see what she thinks about this. I'll also ask my regular vet. I know alot of people seem to feed either a can of salmon or a can of sardines each week, but you're right that there is no point increasing it if it throws the regular dog kibble out of balance....although two cans would only be 15 ounces. We are very careful what we feed her and I watch her weight closely.
Maddison has a really dry nose, as mentioned on another topic, and a little stiffness in one hip. Wild Salmon and fish oil pills twice a day is what my vet says, and so far so good. She is an excellent vet who does her homework and really cares. Note: the pills are obviously more expensive through the vet and I found the exact same ones at Costco.