This is a great question and one that FishDish often get asked by health-conscious pet parents. There are a multitude of reasons why pet parents should consider incorporating fish into their dogs’ diet. Fish is one of nature’s gifts, providing sustainable nutrition for both humans and pets. Fish is busting with nutrients which contributes positively to your dog’s overall health and well-being once included as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Fish is considered hypoallergenic, which is layman’s terms simply means hypoallergenic foods are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. This is great news for sensitive dogs. Just like humans’ dogs can also be allergic or intolerant of certain foods which can cause a host of unnecessary issues such as sickness, skin rashes, itching, ear infections, diarrhoea and stomachs upsets to name a few, so by providing your dog with hypoallergic foods such as fish this can help eliminate these issues.
Not all protein sources are equal. Fish as a protein source is easily digestible, beneficial for sensitive dogs, especially more mature dogs who tend to have a slower rate of digestion as they get older. By introducing fish to your dogs diet, this will help relief unnecessary strain on your dogs digestive system when trying to break down the food source during meal or snack time.
Muscle repair and joint care
Fish is naturally high in protein containing additional nutrients such as omega 3, essential fatty acids and collagen. Protein allows your dog’s body to function properly. The essential amino acids your dog receives from protein promote a healthy coat, improve skin condition, aid muscle development and helps with tissue repair. FishDish natural dog snacks are extremely high in protein (85%), excellent for muscle repair and very low in both calories and fat (3%) which is great for weight management. A gift from nature, fish is also a natural anti-inflammatory, greatly beneficial for dogs suffering with joint ache, poor mobility or arthritics (inflammation of the joints).
Omega 3, essential fatty acids & collagen
One of the main reasons pet parents should consider incorporating fish into their dog’s diet plan is the rich nutrition and health benefits it provides. Fish is full of omega 3, essential fatty acids and collagen which are not present in your dog’s digestive system, but incorporating these super nutrients into your dog’s diet through healthy food choices can have many benefits. Omega–3 fish oils contain both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). A diet rich in omega 3 can help strengthen your dog’s immune system while providing protection against many infections and heart disease.
Skin & Coat
Fish products containing Omega 3, essential fatty acids and collagen can improve skin and coat conditions both aesthetically and physically. Collagen is a major component of your dogs skin. It plays a role in strengthening skin, plus may benefit elasticity and hydration. As your dog ages, their body produces less collagen, leading to dry skin, rashes and inflammation. By introducing foods or snacks that contain collagen will help replace this protein and reduce any unnecessary and avoidable skin disorders. Omega 3 fish oils also help improve the aesthetic appearance of your dog’s coat increasing the gloss and shine.
At FishDish we are not only passionate about what is inside our products but we are equally very aware of what we leave out. Our single ingredient natural fish snacks contain 100% sustainably sourced Atlantic Cod, that’s it! Not only are our products free from, grain gluten and sugar, they are also free from artificial additives, colours and flavourings which means our natural fish snacks are perfect to help improve your dog’s overall health and well-being. Your dog will love you more.