Tilapia, for those who dont know, is a fish (African freshwater cichlid, to be exact) thats been introduced in all (proverbial) corners of the globe for the sake of easy feeding. With that said, is it safe for dogs to eat this particular fish? Or is it a type of seafood that can cause them allergies, poisoning, or even instant death? So, to reiterate, can dogs eat tilapia? It depends, but generally yes. Tilapia is a nutritious kind of food filled with phosphorus, Vitamin D, folate, and potassium. You can also get the ever-wonderful Omega-3 fatty acids and low-fat protein for it. However, excessive salt on the fish makes it less of a good thing for dogs to eat, because too much salt for dogs will cause a reaction worse than a human eating salty food.
Good for Humans and Good for Dogs but with Several Caveats
- Dogs can eat tilapia, but in order to not hurt them, you should remove the fish bones beforehand before feeding them the fish. As with any table food fed to dogs, you should moderate the quantity given to them. Dogs are fed scraps not because owners are cruel, but because a smaller animal should naturally be fed smaller portions relative to his size.
- An occasional boneless tilapia treat put into it can be good for dogs. The tilapia should be cooked, though. Your dog isnt a cat. He cant eat raw fish. Cook the tilapia well. To reiterate, its probably not a good idea to feed him curried tilapia or tilapia with too much salt. Salt is actually poisonous to dogs, theyre not simply going to have kidney stone problems after eating too much salt!
- Dont feed too much tilapia to your dogs. It should be cooked, it should be unsalted or with a light sprinkle of salt, it should have the bones removed, and it shouldnt be excessively fed to the dog in order to avoid any number of possible complications. Moderate cooked, boneless tilapia treats with no salt is best for your pooch.