You should never feed your dog raw cod fish. There are so many things that could go wrong in this case from parasite infestation to food poisoning. Instead, take the time to carefully prepare and cook the fish in which case here are a few tips that should come in handy.
Carefully Remove All The Bones
Injuries from ingesting fish bones are all too common which is why you need to take extra care to remove all the bones before preparing cod for your dog. Fortunately, you can easily purchase fillets where all the hard and dirty work has been done for you.
However, even with cod fillets it is always best to quickly inspect the fish by running a fork or knife up and down the cut to ensure that there are no rogue bones left behind.
Air Fry Or Bake
Air frying or baking are the healthiest and most convenient ways to prepare the cod for your dog. These cooking methods reduce the use of oil, or use no oil at all.
Deep frying cod fish for your dog is a bad idea. It causes the fish to absorb a lot of oil that your dog will then consume and may cause issues like diarrhea.
Stewing is also a bad idea, especially if you intend on using ingredients like onions, garlic, and spices which are very toxic for the dog.
Finally, simply steaming or boiling the cod leaves you with a bland serving of fish that your dog will most likely not enjoy.
Serve The Fish Well-Done
As earlier mentioned, you should never serve your dog raw cod. Furthermore, make sure that the fish is actually well-done before you feed the pooch.
That way, you will be sure that any parasites, eggs, or bacteria on the fish or in the muscle are killed before your dog feeds on the cod.
Season Minimally, If At All
A little salt goes a long way when preparing cod fish for your dog. In fact, all you need is a pinch of salt and some oil, and the cod’s natural flavors will shine through on their own for a very tasty meal.
Just avoid adding sauces and spices by going all out like a Michelin star chef to concoct the perfect flavor. These toppings will almost inevitably irritate your dog’s digestive tract.
Use Healthy Cooking Oils
Finally, when preparing cod fish for your dog, use only healthy cooking oils. Olive oil is by far the best option, as it is not only low in cholesterol but also free from toxins that may adversely affect your dog.
In addition to choosing the right cooking oil, try and use as little of the oil as possible. About a teaspoon of oil per serving of cod fish should be more than enough especially when baking or air frying.