Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which support the immune system, may decrease inflammation, and keep your dog’s coat shinier and healthier. Salmon makes a good protein source that it is a common ingredient in high-quality dog foods. Salmon is a good alternative if your dog is allergic to more common sources of protein like chicken.
Don’t serve your dog with raw or uncooked salmon. These can contain the Neorickettsia helminthoeca parasite, which causes salmon poisoning disease. Plus, raw salmon contains many small bones which are brittle and can choke your dog or lodge in his stomach.
A well-cooked boneless salmon is the best way to serve to your dog. Pick boneless fillets, since they’re less likely to harbor small bones. Keep in mind to check for tiny bones anyway before cooking. You may poach, roast, steam, grill, or bake the salmon with no oil, salt, and pepper, or any other seasonings, such as onions and garlic.
Portion control is important, as with any food. Give your dog an appropriate serving size for once a week or less. You may also go with the canned salmon for dogs, although it’s best to choose one packed with water.