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Salmon for dogs?

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Hi, im just curious how to incorporate salmon into my dogs diet? Can they eat salmon skin as well? I hear its pretty bad for dogs to eat salmon if it is not cooked all the way, is this true? I just had a salmon dinner and wanted to give my basset some of the scraps but wasnt sure if it was ok to do or not so I thought id check on here first.

Any suggestions would be great
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We have actually asked 2 different vets about feeding salmon to Scully, and their answer was that it's fine, but to make sure the salmon is very well cooked. She loves it, but we do give it to her very bland. I don't know about the skin though...we always peel that off for her.
Since Louie can't have anything with wheat or meat in it we found these "bones" that are made of dried Salmon skins. He loves them...mind you there's a bit of a breath issue for a few minutes after he eats them, but it goes away. Since he was eating those, we tried giving him our salmon skin scraps...he loves them! The fish oils are apparently very good for their coats.
Murray gets salmon regularly- fish is his only protein source due to allergies- I cook it really well.

I read someplace that raw salmon can carry an organism that while not harmful to human can hurt dogs- I can't remember where I read this, if I can find a link I'll post it.

edited to say here's the link:


Fishing can be wonderful recreation, but sharing the catch with your dog can be an act of kindness that kills. Salmon Poisoning Disease is a horrific and often fatal condition seen in dogs that eat certain raw fish. Salmon (salmonid fish) and other anadromous fish can be infected with a parasite called Nanophyetus salmincola. Overall, the parasite is relatively harmless. The danger occurs when the parasite itself is infected with a rickettsial organism called Neorickettsia helminthoeca. It's this microorganism that causes salmon poisoning.

"Salmon poisoning is most prevalent west of the Cascade mountain range," says Dr. Bill Foreyt, a veterinary parasitologist at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He adds, "Canids are the only species susceptible to salmon poisoning. That's why cats, raccoons and bears eat raw fish regularly without consequence."
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Jed's a big fan of the salmon skin bones as well - we don't give him regular bones in case they splinter. We also put a few squirts of Wild Salmon Oil on his dry food and it's made huge difference to his coat - very soft and shiny.

Works for the cat, too.
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