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Old 12-23-2007, 05:21 PM   #1
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I have a question on feeding fish to dogs. well first of all can dogs eat fish? raw or cooked? do the bones have to be out of them? my brothers have been going ice fishing alot and we have alot of fish at our house. I was jsut curious if dogs could eat it. i haven't tried giving them any yet.

mostly the fish we have is sunnies and crapies, i don't think they have any bones in them and my brothers are getting good at flaying fish and getting all the bones out. most of them anyways. this was something i have always wondered.

i have looked online at different raw diets and some say you can and others say you shouldn't feed dogs fish, so im alittle confused on the matter. i have read the book, "call of the wild" and sled dog handlers fed there dogs raw fish. is that really good for them? without like cutting the fish up, jsut give them it while ew, lol

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Old 12-23-2007, 05:35 PM   #2
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The answer is pretty much yes, with some exceptions.
We had a thread on that long ago, maybe there is some good info for you there.
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=8662
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In moderation fish can be fed with a balanced diet of whatever you make it RAW or kibble. Bones should be avoided along with alot of vitamins, can be toxic to the liver in large amounts.
You can safely feed raw fish to your dog. Raw fish can be fed in small amounts to your pet, but it is recommended to feed it in moderation as part of a fully balanced diet.

Raw fish contains an enzyme that breaks down Vitamin B2, so feeding too much raw fish to your dog, can result in a vitamin deficiency. The simple and safe way to feed fish to your dog, is to cook it first, as the cooking process deactivates this enzyme and also reduces the risk of any parasitic infections being passed onto your pet from the raw fish.

It's also very important to be aware of the fish bones, which can be an obstruction risk to your dog. Blow-fish, which are often found washed up on the beach or river-bank, contain a tetrodotoxin which can be fatal to your dog. If you dog does eat a blowfish, the best advice is to seek veterinary attention immediately.
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Old 12-23-2007, 07:52 PM   #4
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I feed raw and I buy whole salmons at the market and give it to my dogs once every 2 weeks, head, fins, tail...and almost frozen as they find it easier to eat that way and seem to prefer it. I've never had a problem with bones, never thought about it...probably cause I love salmon and don't mind swallowing some of the bones.
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Do not know Danny need to look that one up right? I will busy now but will find out, just found on the net, must be a bad one. lol.
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thanks for all the replies. dogs eating the guts,head and tail is alittle gross, but we'll see if they like them, lol. i should look for some doggy tic tacs, i hate fishie breath.

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Please be sure to freeze the fish for atleast 2 weeks before feeding. This will kill any parasites the fish carries. Thaw or feed frozen after freezing.

My dogs love whole fish but it took them a while to adjust.

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thanks muttlies. we never freeze the fish before eating them, pretty much flay them and soak them water in the fridge for alittle while then onto the frying pan. if i give any to my dogs, ill be sure and freeze them. thank you and have a merry christmas

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There's no worries if you're fileting them and cooking - just raw you have the chance of parasites.

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Retriever---I put one of those little paper looking listerine things on my dogs' tongues, it just disappears and gives them a good smell. Forget the real name for them. They're for humans but didn't think it would hurt the dogs since they don't ingest them.

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