Benefits of Fish-Based Dog Food

Some dogs love fish dog food formulas – and so should you! Not the taste, of course, but the nutrition it offers your dog. Fish is widely known for its health benefits for humans. But, did you know that it offers many of the same benefits for dogs?

Fish is commonly used in dog food because it provides:


Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for dogs’ growth and early development. Fish, fish meal and fish oil are naturally rich in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are important for brain and vision development. Later in life, they also support joint health.


Fish is an excellent source of protein to help support strong muscles. Protein consists of essential amino acids, which play an integral role in the functions of your dog’s body.


Cats aren’t the only ones that love fish. Many dogs enjoy the distinct flavor of fish and eagerly lick their bowls clean.

If you’re considering switching your dog to a fish-based dog food formula, there are many great options available. You’ll find formulas with different types of fish, like salmon, tuna and whitefish. You’ll also see formulas that pair fish with other nutritious ingredients, such as fish and sweet potato dog food formulas or fish and rice formulas.

So, which one is right for your dog? When choosing a formula of fish dog food, here are a few additional things to consider:

  • Is the formula complete and balanced for your dog’s life stage?
  • Does it contain real, high-quality fish, like salmon or tuna?
  • Does the formula contain antioxidants, like Vitamins A and E, to support a healthy immune system?

Pro Plan offers several excellent choices for fish dog foods. Purina® Pro Plan® SAVOR® Shredded Blend Salmon & Rice Formula, for example, contains real, high-quality fish as the first ingredient and antioxidants to promote a healthy immune system. If you want to feed grain free, Purina® Pro Plan® NATURAL Plus Essential Vitamins and Minerals Grain Free Tuna & Egg Formula is a great choice. Tuna is the first ingredient, and this formula is made without corn, wheat or soy, poultry by-product meal, or any added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

A fish dog food formula can be a wonderful choice for your dog. Or you can add rewards of fish-based dog treats to give him the flavor of fish without changing his main diet. It’s sure to bring out his best behavior.


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