Author: Natalie Saymiczek
Gone are the days when dogs only ate bland, dry pellets and rawhide bones. Today, dogs enjoy more flavors, textures, and expanded palettes - and these no longer need to come from stolen table scraps!
At Natural Farm, we believe in innovation in the dog treat and chews industry. We believe that dogs deserve a variety of flavors, textures, and chewing experiences that are also healthy and natural. That's why we're thrilled to introduce our newest innovation: Natural Farm's Oceanic Line.
Do Dogs Like Seafood?
If you've ever observed your furry friend intently eyeing your plate of seafood or eagerly sniffing the aroma of fish, you might wonder, "Do dogs like seafood?" The answer is a resounding yes! Dogs are known to have a natural affinity for the flavors and textures that the ocean has to offer.
Did you know that eating fish and other seafood is actually ingrained in a dog's genetic makeup? The intriguing link between our beloved canines and their love for oceanic delights can be traced back to their wild ancestors. Take the Alaskan gray wolves, for example. These magnificent creatures have honed their fishing skills, effortlessly snatching salmon and other fish from the shallow waters with their agile jaws. Dogs and wolves share 99% of their DNA, so it’s easy to understand the inherent inclination our dogs have toward seafood.
While each dog has individual preferences, many dogs are drawn to the taste of seafood due to its unique aroma and rich flavors. The natural oils and proteins found in fish make it an enticing choice for our four-legged companions, while the rich, crunchy flavor will make their taste buds tingle.
Natural Farm’s Whole, Crunchy Anchovies for Dogs
At Natural Farm, we believe in providing the best for our furry friends. We are thrilled to introduce our latest addition to the family - Oceanic Treats!
Real fish, real flavor - these treats are a seafood lover's dream come true. Made with just one ingredient, whole anchovies, our Oceanic Treats offer a delectable crunch that will have your dog begging for more. But that's not all - we pride ourselves on sustainability, ensuring that our anchovies are caught ethically and responsibly, and do not contain any artificial preservatives.
These treats are packed with benefits too, as they contain Omega-3s for brain health and collagen for joint health. With Natural Farm's Oceanic Treats, you can give your furry friend a wholesome, nutritious snack that they'll adore.
What Are the Health Benefits of Seafood for Dogs?
It comes as no surprise that, just like for humans, seafood holds a treasure trove of health benefits for our beloved dogs. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, and vitamins and minerals, seafood contributes to:
- Healthy Skin and Coat: Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, alleviate dryness, and enhance the skin's barrier function for resilient and shiny coats.
- Joint Health and Mobility: Seafood's omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that support joint health, relieve pain, and improve mobility, benefiting dogs with arthritis or joint issues.
- Cognitive Development and Brain Health: DHA supports brain development, learning abilities, memory, and overall mental well-being in dogs.
- Enhanced Immune Function: Seafood's vitamins and minerals, including D and E, selenium, and zinc, strengthen the immune system, defend against infections, and promote overall health.
- Weight Management: Low-calorie seafood options provide protein, making dogs feel full and aiding weight management, reducing the risk of obesity-related health problems.
What Seafood Should Dogs Not Have?
It's important to note that while seafood offers numerous health benefits, moderation and proper preparation are key. Avoid feeding dogs raw or undercooked fish to prevent the risk of bacterial contamination or parasites, such as Salmonella or Listeria. This includes sushi-grade fish, which should be off-limit for dogs. It's best to always cook fish thoroughly before offering it to your furry friend.
Additionally, some types of shellfish, such as clams, mussels, and oysters, may be problematic for dogs. They can contain harmful toxins or bacteria, particularly if they are harvested from contaminated waters. It's safer to avoid feeding your dog raw or cooked shellfish altogether.
Certain larger fish species, such as tuna, swordfish, and shark, tend to accumulate higher levels of mercury in their bodies. Mercury can be toxic to dogs, affecting their nervous system and overall health. It's advisable to limit or avoid feeding your dog these types of fish.
You should also avoid feeding your dog seafood prepared with added seasonings, spices, or excessive salt. These ingredients can be harmful to dogs, leading to digestive issues or sodium toxicity. Stick to plain, cooked seafood without any additional seasonings or additives.
Always consult with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate amount and type of seafood to incorporate into your dog's diet.
Whenever you’re introducing a new treat, it’s important to monitor your dog and provide plenty of fresh water. We recommend minimizing chewing time to three to five minutes at first and increasing slowly over a five-day period. Also, be extra attentive to young dogs and puppies, and steer away from chews altogether for puppies under three months of age.
Bring on the flavor, bring on the fun!
About Natural Farm
In 2018, after years of searching for high-quality, natural dog treat products, we decided to bring them to the market ourselves. That’s how Natural Farm was born—we wanted to present the industry with what it lacked the most: natural dog chews, treats, and bones, sustainably sourced from local suppliers and produced in our own human-grade, FDA- and USDA-approved facilities, where every product is lab tested for quality and contamination.
Natural Farm is committed to pets, people, and the planet. We give back to communities and pets in need, support reforestation efforts and nonprofits, and our products are packaged using recycled materials.