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Is a Carp good for a dog?

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K-10 Von- Canein

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Barked: Wed Oct 14, '09 6:44am PST 
I'd never eat the stuff, but is it acceptable to feed carp to a dog? Would I have to remove scales? These are pretty boney fish, as well. We have a spot a few hundred yards away where I could easily spear some 15 or 20 pounders. It would be a cheap source of fish, also. I'm kind of concerned about the fish bones, also.
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Jessica CGC

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Barked: Wed Oct 14, '09 7:19am PST 
I'd check if they were tested for high mercury and PCBs in your area. I did a fast google search for "do carp have mercury" and it looks too high for them.
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Gir

All that lives- is holy.
 
 
Barked: Wed Oct 14, '09 7:24am PST 
Mercury would be a concern, and I believe dogs aren't supposed to eat fish bones.

If you can de-bone them and talk to your county extension agent about mercury- free testing may be available- then go for it.
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Jessica CGC

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Barked: Wed Oct 14, '09 7:25am PST 
why aren't dogs supposed to eat fish bones?
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Gray Dawn- Treader

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Barked: Wed Oct 14, '09 7:26am PST 
No fish bones? I let Treader have fish bones when I give him fish. Like the bones in a can of salmon. How are fish bones bad for dogs?

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Jessica CGC

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Barked: Wed Oct 14, '09 7:33am PST 
I've always let my dogs eat the bones of sardines and smelt. those are the only whole fish i can get though. I didn't know you weren't supposed to thoughthinking
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Kolbe

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Barked: Wed Oct 14, '09 7:35am PST 
Dogs can eat fish bones. There are some fish that have really sharp fins that I would cut off before feeding though.

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K-10 Von- Canein

K-10. 1 step- above a k-9
 
 
Barked: Wed Oct 14, '09 7:51am PST 
Looks like freezing drizzle here today, so I'll have some time to find out about the mercury content. I know the geese here contain mercury, and the last thing I want is an autistic G.S.D.
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Byron

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Barked: Wed Oct 14, '09 9:10am PST 
laugh out loud Sorry, the thought of an autistic GSD makes me giggle. They're so smart, you'd end up with a savant at fetching who would refuse to meet your eyes.

I bought carp once. How could you pass up the opportunity to feed a huge, ugly 5-lb fish? Neither Byron nor the cats would have anything to do with it. I gave the tail with some meat to one of the cats, and he kept sniffing it and jumping back. The tail was almost as big as he was - he probably thought it was a sea monster. laugh out loud But I got some cheap entertainment for five bucks. Pity I didn't take a video.

Fish bones are ok. As with chicken, the bones are hard and sharp when cooked. But raw bones are very soft and pliable, no problem.

Scales, head, tail - all fine. Just make sure the fins aren't cutting material. Fish are a natural whole prey for dogs around water.
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Gir

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Barked: Wed Oct 14, '09 9:16am PST 
I've heard little fish are okay, but I wouldn't feed a whole trout, for example. Having cleaned them, their bones seem sharp to me even raw. The head and tail seem okay, but the rib bones seem like they could be a risk.

Although if you guys aren't having problems, then it's (quite literally) no problem. wave
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