Why is it worth choosing fish food for dogs?
When we think about healthy nutrition for our pets, we often focus on meat, offal, vegetables and fruit. However, fish is an equally important component of a dog’s diet and should not be omitted. Why? What are the advantages of fish foods? Here are some reasons why fish should be included in your dog’s food.
Fish is a good source of protein
Fish is an excellent source of high-quality protein, which is essential for building and repairing your dog’s muscles. Claws and every internal organ are also made of proteins! Protein is therefore an essential element of every dog’s diet, and the protein contained in fish is easily digestible and provides the dog with essential amino acids.
Whole fish (complete with fillet, giblets, innards and skin) is particularly rich in protein and provides the dog with a lot of energy, which he uses every day for activity, so it is worth paying attention to the form in which the fish is included in the food. Fish guts are quite fatty, so they can cause food to quickly become rancid. The same applies to fillets of fatty fish species. In turn, skin, added as the only fish ingredient, will reduce the digestibility of nutrients and certainly will not provide the right amino acids in the right proportions.
Orijen Six Fish
You will find whole fish in ORIJEN Six Fish Dog food, which is prepared using as many as 6 species of raw fish and another 3 species of fish in dehydrated form. In raw form, ORIJEN Six Fish receives:
- Sardines – small fish that are a good source of protein and fats, provide potassium, phosphorus, iron, calcium and magnesium
- Mackerel – oily sea fish, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, contains natural antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium, which help protect cells against oxidative damage
- Hake – lean fish which is a source of easily digestible protein
- Flounder – sea fish with a relatively low fat content, provides minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, sodium, iron and calcium
- Red striped redfish – medium-fat fish, rich in protein
- Sola – relatively lean fish, rich in B vitamins, especially vit. B12, B6 and niacin (vit. B3)
In dehydrated form, providing a concentrated source of protein, ORIJEN Six Fish contains:
- Herring – relatively oily fish, an excellent source of DHA and EPA acids, vitamin D, B vitamins and vitamin A
- Canadian whitefish– freshwater fish called “white salmon”, caught in clean and cold lakes in Canada; contains large amounts of protein, small amounts of fats and provides potassium, phosphorus and selenium
- Bluebird – low-fat and low-calorie sea fish, rich in vitamin B12
Content of Omega-3 fatty acids
Fish, especially fatty species such as sardines, mackerel and herring, are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA. These fatty acids have many benefits for your dog’s health, including anti-inflammatory effects, supporting skin and coat health, and improving cardiovascular function.
EPA fatty acid has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps reduce inflammation in the body and benefits heart health and the circulatory system.
In turn, DHA fatty acid plays a key role in maintaining the structure of nerve cells and synaptic connections. Supports cognitive functions of the brain.
See: Fish in a dog’s diet. Can a dog eat fish?
Fish in the diet has a positive effect on the condition of the skin and fur
Thanks to the content of Omega-3 fatty acids, fish helps maintain healthy skin and shiny fur in your dog. For many dog owners, this is very important, because beautiful and healthy fur is a sign of the animal’s good condition. EPA is particularly responsible for this effect, as it extinguishes possible skin inflammations.
EPA fatty acid, due to its broad anti-inflammatory properties, may also help alleviate the symptoms of diseases of joints and bone structures in dogs, such as arthritis, spondylosis or hip dysplasia. The ORIJEN Six Fish recipe is perfect for sports dogs, especially physically active ones, as well as for seniors suffering from joint pain due to age and orthopedic diseases.
Improving brain function
DHA is crucial for proper brain development and may also support proper brain function. Therefore, ORIJEN Six Fish is suitable for puppies (except Great Dane puppies up to 14 weeks of age) whose brains are still developing. It will also work for older dogs and seniors, enabling them to function properly, stably and maintain efficient cognitive functions.
See: Fatty acids in the diet of dogs and cats
Reducing the risk of heart disease
Eating fish regularly can help reduce the risk of heart disease in dogs, as Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain normal heart rhythm and lower cholesterol levels. They have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, thus actually increasing the chances of your pet’s long life.
Fish are often enjoyed by dogs because of their intense flavor and smell. That’s why they are often used in food to encourage your dog to eat. Food with fish usually works very well for picky and fussy dogs. A composition of 6 species of raw fish, supplemented with another 3 species of dehydrated fish, is a real treat for fish lovers on all fours! ORIJEN Six Fish is an extremely aromatic and tasty food. Let your dog experience the nutritional power of fish with ORIJEN Six Fish!
Remember, fish is rich in nutrients that have many health benefits for dogs. Adding fish to your pet’s diet can help keep them healthy, improve their skin and coat, support joint health and support their intellectual abilities. However, do not add raw fish to your dog’s diet without consulting a dog nutritionist! It is very risky due to the content of thiaminase and trimethylamine oxide. Only thermal treatment makes almost all fish species safe and healthy for dogs. That’s why it’s worth choosing ready-made food containing fish. In the case of ORIJEN Six Fish, the fish content is unrivaled! They constitute as much as 85% of the entire recipe! Remember that it is important to feed your dog the right amount of food and adapt the diet to its needs and preferences.
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