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Yes, dogs can eat cod. It is quite beneficial for their health to incorporate cod into their diet. Cod is an excellent source of protein, and it is a good idea to give your dogs cod if it is cooked and does not have any seasoning.

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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 Beneficial in moderation
Nutritional Value Vitamin B, Omega-3, Iodine 
Daily Serving 120-150g 
Benefits Improves heart health, coat, and skin
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.

Is Cod Good for Dogs?

Any kind of fish, especially cod, benefits all types and ages of dogs. It offers several benefits:

  • The omega-3 fatty acid in cod improves your dog’s skin, coat, heart health, and blood pressure
  • Vitamin B improves the dog’s immune system 
  • It has a high iodine content which will keep your dog’s thyroid healthy

How Much Cod To Feed Dogs

Dogs of all sizes can eat cod, which can be incorporated into their daily diet, especially if you mix it with their kibble. You could also get pre-made kibble that contains cod. Owners must be aware that they should only give cooked cod to dogs and not feed it to them raw. Additionally, avoid adding any seasoning to it. Generally speaking, 120-150g of cod is recommended for dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Dogs can eat cod skin but in moderation. The skin is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. However, since it has a lot of calories and fat content, it is not recommended to overfeed your dog with cod skin.

  • Yes, you can give dogs cod daily, but only by incorporating it into their kibble. You can also feed them cooked cod daily, but do so in moderation. Too much can lead to weight gain due to the high-fat content in the fish.

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.