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Yes, you can safely feed your dog catfish. Fish is a good source of protein, which is essential in a dog’s diet. However, don’t forget to ensure that it’s well cooked before feeding it to your dog, as small bones inside catfish can lead to a choking hazard for dogs.

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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe for consumption
Nutritional Value Low mercury levels, protein, omega-3 fatty acids
Potential Risks Choking hazard, bacterial infection
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Catfish is Safe for Dogs?

Too much of anything can be harmful. So, consider feeding your dog catfish in moderation. However, ensure that it is grilled, steamed, or boiled. Obesity can be caused by eating too much fish, so check with your veterinarian about acceptable fish serving sizes, especially if you intend to serve fish as a regular component of your dog’s daily diet.

How to Cook Catfish for Dogs

Feeding your dog raw catfish is a big no, as it might contain bacteria and parasites. So, consider cooking your catfish before giving it to your dog as part of its daily diet.

Tip: it’s safe to feed your dog grilled, steamed, and boiled catfish as long as you don’t add salt or other condiments.

Are Some Catfish Better Than Others?

Typically, there is only one type of catfish. However, cooked catfish is better for your dog than raw catfish. Raw catfish might contain parasites and bacteria such as Clostridium, Listeria, and Salmonella.

How to Prepare Catfish for Dogs Safely

To prepare catfish for your dog, firstly remove its scales and bones. Removing them can reduce the chances of choking hazards. Next, boil, grill, or steam the catfish without salt and pepper. The catfish should now be safe for dog consumption.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Dogs should avoid fried catfish because it contains a ton of fat. Feeding fried catfish to your dog can lead to health issues such as obesity, vomiting, and diarrhea.

  • Yes, catfish is good for dogs as it contains a ton of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. However, don’t forget to remove its bone to avoid choking hazards in dogs.

  • Nothing bad will happen if your dog eats catfish. However, ensure that the catfish doesn’t contain any bones or isn’t raw. This can lead to choking hazards or bacterial and parasitic infections.

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.