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What is the best type of fish to feed for Omega 3's?

Discussion in 'BARF, Raw & Natural Diets' started by orcaluvur, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. orcaluvur

    orcaluvur Forums Regular

    Apr 3, 2013
    Gainesville, GA
    I am going to be getting a puppy in July and i am just trying to plan for everything! :razz:

    I am going to be feeding a raw diet and i have read some people supplement omega 3 cold water fish oil to the diet. I would rather the puppy get all its nutrition from actual food though so i was wondering if there are better fish than others for this?

    I am also concerned to feed fish because of all the toxins in them :/ especially while the sheltie is young.

    Would fish oil capsules be safer? Is there a certain brand people use??

    I am also not sure about feeding canned salmon or sardines (for the salt content and preservatives).

    Thanks! :)
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2013
  2. JessicaR

    JessicaR Forums Enthusiast

    Sep 8, 2008
    Tiffin Ohio
    I never had any luck getting my dogs to eat raw fish. They just don't like it. Now they will eat the canned salmon. I don't really worry about Omega 3's, but I feed fresh free range chicken eggs 1-2 times a week.
  3. Justicemom

    Justicemom Forums Celebrity

    Oct 2, 2009
    When I fed raw I could never get my dogs to eat fish. Ember , the sheltie garbage can would actually gag.

    I just use fish oil tabs
  4. corbinam

    corbinam Moderator

    Oct 14, 2008
    Interesting. Raw fish is the ONLY food I've ever seen Lexi refuse to eat. She would eat a rock if I put it in her food bowl, I think. But the fish she refused to touch.

    I use fish oil capsules, too. (Though I don't feed raw anymore).
  5. Toffee's Mom

    Toffee's Mom Forums Sage

    Aug 31, 2009
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Toffee also always refused raw fish whole or even in larger pieces... but Leo guzzle guts eats it just fine, thank you! I swear Toffee even nuzzles the fish over for Leo to eat, hahahahaha

    So I usually feed raw mackerel already ground up, bones n all, Toffee eats that okay, Leo loves it and Big Whiskey the cat also enjoys it.
  6. BarbV

    BarbV Forums Celebrity

    Feeding Omega supplements is a great idea, but you don't necessarily have to rely on fish as the sole protein in their kibble.

    You can easily supplement the diet with Omega fish oils. I use a salmon oil formula. Two squirts into their kibble twice per day.

    You can further supplement by switching their treats to salmon treats....Zukes has a soft chew in salmon, or your can buy salmon skin treats as well.

    All to say that you don't need to swith your protein to 100% fish. A lot of us who feed grain free (e.g. NOW! The protein is a combination of turkey, duck and salmon)

    Just a thought
  7. Justicemom

    Justicemom Forums Celebrity

    Oct 2, 2009
    Barb, She is talking about feeding raw not kibble. One never uses one source of protein in raw diets. Except when you are starting the dog on raw. But fish is the best source of Omega 3.

    I could just never get mine to eat it. They ate chicken, pork, beef, turkey, pheasant, elk, deer,rabbit, and eggs, as protein sources but I needed to supplement the fish oil.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2013
  8. BarbV

    BarbV Forums Celebrity

    Ooops! Brain fart...but the same rules apply.

    So-o-o-o if your dog won't eat fish, then yes, supplement with fish oils.

    Justicemom...you can squirt the oil just as easily on raw food as kibble, btw! :wink2:
  9. BarbV

    BarbV Forums Celebrity

    As an additional note....I sell raw frozen in my store.

    We have raw patties which are a combo of poultry and fish. Do you think that would be more palatable to your dog?
  10. Justicemom

    Justicemom Forums Celebrity

    Oct 2, 2009
    Never said it wasn't. :wink2:

    Some people who fed raw do not like package store brought prepared raw diets. They like to control the source of the ingredients themselves and prefer a whole prey source. Thus why she would be asking about types of fish to fed, I would gather.

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