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Can dogs eat canned sardines? Yes, dogs can eat canned sardines or tinned sardines in small portions. However, oily foods can cause stomach upset, digestive issues like pancreatitis, or weight gain, so opt for sardines packed in spring water rather than olive or coconut oil or prepare fresh sardines instead.
How much sardines can I give my dog? Just pop the can (as long as it’s salt-free and packed with water or a natural oil like coconut, olive, etc.) and add a couple to your dog’s bowl. A few sardines a week (one for smaller dogs and two a day for bigger breeds) is plenty.
Why can’t dogs eat sardines? The main problem with raw sardines is the risk of pathogens and parasites which can be present and may make you or your dog sick. Raw sardines also contain an enzyme called thiaminase which breaks down vitamin B1 in your dog’s body and can cause deficiency.
How often can I feed my dog sardines? Your dog’s size generally will determine how many sardines they should eat. One tin, but not more than 200 calories, once or twice a week is ideal for 20-40 pound breeds. Larger dogs may benefit from bigger portions.