|Barked: Sun Mar 27, '11 9:11am PST |
|Good price! Buy lots if you are sure he will eat them.
Looks like sardines might have about 2500 combined EPA/DHA per 3.5 ounces or 100 grams. I dose the minimum of 300 combined EPA/DHA per 30 pounds of dog so if Max weighed 30 pounds I would want to feed him at least 300x7=2100 mg of EPA/DHA a week, right? So for my mythical 30 pound Max 3.5 ounces of sardines would be fine, that would be 2-3 sardines I think. That isn't much, less than half a day's ration a week. You can feed up to triple this amount if you like. Don't try mostly sardine meals all at once or he may balk at eating them. Just count out how many he gets a week and put one or two in for a while, then 2 or 3 and so on.
Mercury, thiaminase, scromboid poisoning, general toxic buildup and salmon poisoning are the issues with fish I know about at the moment. *Sardines are small fast growing fish so no worries with mercury. They do contain thiaminase which deactivates thiamine, I just feed away from pork in case there is a problem. I think it is only if most of the diet is sardine there could be a problem. *Don't think scromboid poisoning is a problem with sardines, it is caused by release of a histamine type substance when the fish starts decomposing and looks like an allergic reaction. *Fish need to be human quality, I would be careful if choosing bait fish for instance, not an issue here. *Sardines aren't in the salmon family and don't go upstream so don't get in contact with the parasite that causes salmon poisoning. Done.
A whole sardine is perfect the way it is. Just consider the bone content of the rest of the meal. I used whole sardines as a small bone crutch a couple years ago when I was reducing Max's bone intake by feeding bigger bony meals alternating with tiny to zero bone meals. My problem, not his. I do like seeing him enjoy a nice chomp on bone.
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