If you follow these two pieces of advice, then salmon has a wide variety of different benefits for dogs, which can have a huge impact on their overall health and well-being.
For one, salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acid. This is one of the most sought-after nutrients in the human diet and it is just as good for dogs!
Omega 3 is useful first because it helps to improve the cell membrane permeability of brain cells. If that sounds confusing, it basically means that your brain cells use the omega 3 to build their walls, and that in turn makes them more pliable while also allowing nutrients and chemical messengers to pass through more easily. In short, the brain becomes better at communicating with itself and thus your dog might appear sharper, more alert, and generally happier!
At the same time, this can also prevent the onset of dementia and other issues relating to cognitive decline in older age.
Omega 3 has more benefits too. One is that it helps to improve the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 in the body. When the ratio is skewed more towards omega 6, it can lead to inflammation. That in turn causes a host of issues, including joint pain. The latter is something that can be a serious issue for dogs, and which can damage their mobility and their ability to exercise and play as they get older.
Another big benefit of salmon is that it is a great source of lean protein.
Dogs need lots of protein. Their diets are naturally carnivorous, meaning that they will predominantly make do with meats. What’s important is that this meat is high quality, being made predominantly from fresh and natural sources (not highly processed with bits of gristle mixed in!) and low in fat. The latter will ensure that your dog gets the protein without gaining lots of unwanted weight and calories.
When your dog eats protein, it will be broken down into amino acids. These are the constituent parts that make up protein and your dog can then recycle those elements in order to create their own tissues and chemicals. Thus, lean protein helps dogs to build muscle, to recover from injury, to improve the glossiness of their skin, and generally to become healthier and stronger.
As you can see, salmon has a great many benefits for dogs and you can make sure that they get a balanced and healthy diet simply by seeking out dog foods that have salmon in, or by adding a little to their dishes yourself. Just make sure not to overdo it and they will thrive!