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Unread 01-11-2011, 11:55 AM   #1
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I want to give my guys tuna in their food several times a week as another source of protein in their diets. Does it matter what kind of tuna it is? Is there anything I should be looking for or avoiding? I would be giving them the tuna in water not oil. How much should I give for it to make a difference?

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From what I understand tuna is ok for dogs as an occasional treat but not as a mainstay protein of the diet due to mercury and salt levels. If you do feed some tuna it is advisable to use the low salt type. When Chessie was in the hospital and refusing to eat, they told me I could tempt her with a little tuna to get her to eat but not rely on it.
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I'm not planning on making it the main source, I was thinking of adding some to their kibble.

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I mix it in now and then- my dogs enjoy it.
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I would also say be careful of the salt content and don't mix it every day with the kibble you don't want a picky eater ATB
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I would also say be careful of the salt content and don't mix it every day with the kibble you don't want a picky eater ATB
I understand that concept, but my dogs are not like that (at least not yet, lol) They get yogurt several times a week, and eggs a couple of times a week mixed in their food. On days where they get plain food they all eat normally too. Out of 6 dogs 5 of them always eat when it's feeding time (we have a set schedule everyday)

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My whippets get sardines or pilchards a few mornings a week...I usually drain the water from them...but have heard the ones in oil are better for them.
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Avoid Albacore, Solid White, or Chunk White canned tuna. They are higher in mercury.

Choose Low-Sodium Chunk Light canned tuna, and it doesn't matter whether it is packed in water or packed in oil. Obviously, packed in oil contains more fat, but the additional fat won't be significant if you are using the tuna as an occasional topper. Chunk Light tuna has about half the mercury of the Albacore, but still has significant amounts of mercury for all that it is called a "low-mercury fish". You still need to limit how much tuna you feed your dogs, but it will be different for each dog by bodyweight. Very little has been focused on how much tuna is safe for a dog. Most discussion about tuna and pet nutrition focuses on cats.

Not sure what you mean about how much to feed for it to "make a difference". What does that mean? What kind of difference are you looking for?
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Not sure what you mean about how much to feed for it to "make a difference". What does that mean? What kind of difference are you looking for?

Thank you for your expertise . When I say 'make a difference' I mean I would like for them to have more than one protein source in their overall diet. I'm not saying I want to give them only tuna. I would like to give them the proper and safe amount to classify as another protein source, not just as a treat.
How would I figure out the proper amount by body weight? Is there a formula I could use?

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