My dogs love salmon, and tuna, so an easy dog treat recipe with salmon is a no-brainer for a win in my house!
Salmon is a healthy source of protein, plus it's packed full of Omega-3's, essential vitamins and minerals, plus amino acids.
This means it can support a healthy immune system, help decrease inflammation, improve joint health and brain function.... as well as improving the condition of your dog's skin and coat. It's a powerhouse.
When combined with the other healthy and wholesome ingredients in this recipe, these salmon dog treats are a guilt-free way to reward Fido for being a good boy, or just for existing!
Although I used salmon for these treats, you can easily substitute tuna instead. Choose fish that is canned in water and contains no added sodium.
You could also use fresh salmon as long as it's fully cooked (ie well done) to make sure any parasites or bacteria are killed before eating.
Mercury in Salmon & Tuna
Salmon and tuna are two types of fish which are known to potentially contain mercury and other contaminants, but of the two, salmon contains significantly lower levels of these and would be my first choice.
Experts and nutritionists believe both salmon and tuna are safe for dogs to eat when given in moderation. You can feed canned or fully cooked salmon to your dog in small amounts (or in treats like these ones), but only use CANNED tuna, not raw or cooked.
Mercury isn't the only issue with giving your dog fresh fish because they sometimes contain parasites and bacteria that can cause sickness. These nasties are eliminated when the fish is cooked thoroughly all the way through.
Because there is only 6oz of salmon or tuna in this dog treat recipe, and it yields approx. 50 treats, there's a very small amount of fish in each treat (or even in a day's allowance of treats!).