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Yes, dogs can eat anchovies, but only in moderation. These tiny fish are an excellent source of fat and protein and are packed with vitamins. However, since they have considerable oil and salt, giving your dogs small amounts is important.

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Beneficial: This food is generally considered beneficial by the veterinary community. Dogs can get nutritional value from this food if added to a dogs regular diet.

Food Safety Beneficial in moderation
Nutritional Value Omega-3 fatty acid, Vitamin A, B, D, and E, selenium
Daily Serving 2-5 anchovies 
Benefits Immune system, digestion, skin and coat health, brain development
Good For Adult or senior Dogs
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Are Anchovies Good for Dogs?

Anchovies are chock-full of benefits for your dog, including the following:

  • Omega-3 fatty acid improves the immune system, reduce inflammation, and prevent the development of certain diseases
  • It has high selenium content that improves your dog’s digestion and regulates their metabolism 
  • Vitamins A, B6, B12, D, and E aid in your dog’s cardiovascular health, blood pressure, and cholesterol

How Much Anchovies to Give to Dogs

Dogs of all sizes can eat anchovies, but only in moderation because of their high salt and oil content. Anchovies can be given to your pet dog as treats or snacks. Generally speaking, you should give your dog 2-5 anchovies, depending on their size. For small dogs, 2 are fine, and for larger dogs, you can give up to 5 anchovies. Mash the anchovies and mix them into their wet food or kibble. If you have a small dog, cut the anchovies into small pieces, making them easy to chew. Don’t worry about the bones in the fish because they are easy to chew and digest.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can store raw and fresh anchovies for up to three days and feed them whole to your dogs.

  • Dogs can eat canned anchovies if they are stored in unsalted water. You should avoid feeding anchovies that have been canned with oil since the oil will add extra calories and have no nutritional benefits.

  • Dried anchovies that are unsalted and unseasoned can be given to dogs.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.