Can Dogs Eat Salmon Dog Food?

Karina Carbo-Johnson, MS
By Karina Carbo-Johnson, MS
Updated: 5/8/20241-2 minutes

Dogs eat fish? Yes! Many people think of fish as a cat food ingredient. But fish can be a delicious, healthful ingredient in dog food, too.

Salmon, for example, is an excellent source of protein and important fatty acids. How can you know if a salmon dog food formula is right for your dog?

First, consider how your dog is doing with his current food. If he happily eats his food and gets great veterinary check-up reports, it is fine to keep feeding him this food; it’s also okay to consider a switch. If he shows signs of occasional digestive upset or itchy skin, your veterinarian might recommend Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Sensitive Systems Formula, which offers real salmon as the first ingredient and specific nutrients that support sensitive skin.

Next, take a close look at your dog’s skin and coat. If his coat appears dull or his skin looks flaky, a salmon formula dog food may be a perfect choice. The grains rice, barley and oat meal provide Omega-6 fatty acids, which help nourish healthy skin and support a shiny, radiant coat.

Consider his taste preferences, too. If your dog shows less enthusiasm about his food than in the past, he could be growing bored with it. Purina ONE SmartBlend Sensitive Systems Formula has a delicious, unique flavor that might bring back his mealtime excitement. On the other hand, not every dog likes the taste of fish, just like humans. But if your dog does experience a decrease in appetite, first consult your veterinarian before changing his diet to rule out any medical causes.

If you have decided to try a salmon dog food formula or a salmon and rice dog food formula for your dog, here are a few questions to ask yourself as you choose:

  • Is it made with real salmon?
  • Does the formula offer 100% complete and balanced nutrition?
  • Does it include beneficial antioxidants like vitamins A and E?
  • Is the salmon responsibly sourced from sustainability-minded suppliers?

There are many great salmon dog food formulas available. To find one that’s best for your pet, consider seeking advice from your veterinarian, your shelter or breeder, or online dog food reviews.

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