Is It Safe For Your Dog To Eat Raw Fish? The Short Answer Is Yes, But It Depends On The Type Of Fish: Food Safety News, Weather & Sports

Fish is a common ingredient in dog foods. Dogs love the taste of it. It's high in healthy protein and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. But is it safe for dogs to eat raw fish? The short answer is maybe, but it depends on the type of fish. Fish may contain harmful bacteria like salmonella and listeria. Some dogs will not be affected by the bacteria due to their short digestive system. Salmon and other fish in the Pacific Northwest region of the US can have a deadly parasite. It causes Salmon poisoning. Eating high amounts of raw or cooked fish can create a buildup of mercury in the body. This may lead to toxicity or other health concerns down the road. A dog can chew on fish bones or suffer injuries to the esophagus. If your dog has known food allergies or sensitivities, it's best to completely avoid adding a new ingredient to your dog's diet. Raw fish preparations like sashimi, sushi, and poke bowls are not entirely safe. Plain white rice is safe in small amounts. Many dogs can tolerate raw fish, but some dogs will get sick. If you believe your dog ate raw fish from the Northwest , contact your vet even before your dog shows signs of illness. . . .

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