An oily fish particularly beneficial to both human beings and to dogs, the herring has been a staple food for at least 5,000 years. So important was the herring in the Middle Ages that it’s said they prompted the founding of Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Great Yarmouth. The fish that most of us refer to as the herring today is in fact the Atlantic herring by the way. So what about herrings for dogs?
Nutrients in herrings
Herrings are an excellent source of vitamin B12 and a very rich source of long-chain, omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. They are also a good source of vitamins B3, B6 and D and phosphorus.
Benefits of herrings for dogs
Herrings are an excellent source of easily digestible, low-fat protein rich in omega-3 fatty acids. They can help maintain a dog’s healthy skin and coat, decrease the inflammation typically associated with the likes of arthritis as well as benefiting the immune system.
If you’re going to feed your dog fish regularly, which you should, herrings certainly rank amongst the best fish you can buy for your canine friend. As a canine nutritionist, I highly recommend herrings for dogs.
To feed your dog herrings, remove any bones as necessary, then cook, steam or grill your dog’s herrings before serving. Never feed your dog raw herring as there is a risk of them carrying harmful bacteria.
And if you really want to improve your dog’s health, nothing beats homemade dog food.
Especially for anyone new to home cooked dog food, I’ve created a step-by-step guide to making healthy homemade dog food. It includes a number of canine nutritionist- formulated homemade dog food recipes.