Is Tuna bad for dogs
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Jan 15th, 2004 00:00
You had answered my previous question about my puppy not eating (thanks again!!) He eats great now, but I have another question. He is a Rotty mix, six months old now. I also have two cats. The dog and cats usually get along great. When I give the cats their wet food (an occasional treat) he whines and watches them, but pretty much leaves them alone ( I feed them on the table so he cannot get to it-I do not give the puppy ANY cat food). Last week I gave the cats some tuna (another occasional treat I give them instead of wetfood) and my puppy went bezerk. He actually jumped up on the kitchen table when I was out of the room and pushed the cats away and ate their tuna. I walked back in to see him standing on my kitchen table. Shocked to say the least. After that, my husband started putting about a tablespoon of tuna in his dry food, along with some of the water from the tuna (I only buy tuna in water, I don't like the oil) and he scarfes his food with the tuna. I have looked for some tuna flavored dog food, but haven't really found any. I know it is not good to give them table scraps, but he really loves the tuna. Will it hurt him putting a little in his food everyday, or should we limit this to an occasional treat?
July 5th, 2004 00:00
July 8th, 2004 00:00
Tuna can be bad for dogs due to the high mercury levels in it. Yes fish oils can be beneficial to dogs, but there are many fish that contain high amounts of heavy metals. Also, according to a vet nutritionist feeding dogs tuna can increase the risk of kidney stones in some dogs and the issue is it is not known how much tuna is needed for this problem to happen. Also feeding a dog 1/3 cup of tuna a day is the equivalent to a human eating 6 cans a day! (Dr Russo in Massachusetts), If you must give your dog tuna, give just a small taste - no more than a teaspoon or less. If you are feeding tuna for nutritional benefits of fatty acids and omega 3 oils - use a dietary supplement instead or a different fish such as sardine, mackerel or canned salmon. Feed fish cooked as some raw fishes may contain bacteria or parasites that can be very harmful to dogs.
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