Dogs can eat tuna but there are safer fish options

Tuna isn’t toxic to dogs so it’s something that dogs can eat in moderation. That said, there are safer alternatives when it comes to feeding fish to dogs.

Why tuna isn’t safe for dogs

Although the tuna meat itself isn’t toxic, there are a couple of other safety concerns that dog owners should be aware of. First, consider how the tuna or tuna-based product is prepared. You shouldn’t, for example, let your dog eat canned tuna stored in brine due to the high sodium content. You should also feeding tuna-based products that may be high in fat content such as tuna mayo. Canned tuna stored in spring water, on the other hand, would be safe for dogs to eat in small amounts.

There is also the concern around mercury with tuna known for containing one of the highest levels of mercury among store-bought fish. Instead of tuna, you may want to feed your dog a safer alternative with lower levels of mercury such as tilapia or salmon. These fish species offer great health benefits as they also contain omega-3 fatty acids and other important nutrients.

Dangers of Mercury Poisoning

A small amount of tuna is highly unlikely to cause mercury poisoning but dogs that are fed tuna consistently may end up with such issues down the road. Dogs that suffer from mercury poisoning will start to display a number of symptoms such as stomach pain, lack of coordination, and tremors.

Want to know what other human foods might potentially be unsafe to dogs? Visit our human foods for pet database to find out!

Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.
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