Yes, dogs can eat beef without any fear of harm. It is a good source of their daily dietary needs providing them with calories, proteins, essential vitamins, and minerals. However, it is important to serve our furry friend beef based on the recommended amount and with the fats removed. This helps prevent obesity and pancreatitis.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Fish?
Dogs should never eat raw fish of any kind. Even if you get your hands on sushi-grade fish, it is best to play it safe and just feed your dog with cooked fish.
Here are two main reasons why raw fish is never a good idea for dogs.
Fish frequently harbor all sorts of parasites including fish tapeworms, flukes, and roundworms. One of the most notorious of these is the Neorickettsia helminthoeca found in salmon and responsible for what is referred to as salmon poisoning.
The parasites could cause a number of issues depending on where they settle.
Those that typically settle within the muscle will cause muscle aches for the dog which could manifest as limping and generally reduced energy and activity levels. You may also notice muscle wasting in your affected dog.
Other parasites from fish do most of their damage to the dog’s digestive tract. These include tapeworms that pretty much set up shop in the dog’s gut and consume most of the food that your dog takes. Here are some of the signs and symptoms of parasitic infestation.
- Failure to thrive or weight loss
- Poor coat appearance
- Abdominal distention despite weight loss
- Frequent bouts of either diarrhea, constipation, or both
- Blood in stool or urine
- Live worms or eggs in the dog’s feces or perianal region
Bacterial Food Poisoning
Raw fish also harbors harmful bacteria including strains of Listeria, Vibrio, Clostridium, and Salmonella. These typically cause food poisoning in the dog which may become evident faster than parasite infestation.
Some of the signs and symptoms of food poisoning in your dog from raw fish include:
- Diarrhea with or without blood
- Abdominal pain
- Reduced appetite
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