Palette’s note: Dehydrated fish (sardine) treats

 When you pick up treats for your dogs, what would you look at?

Ingredients? Fancy looking pictures?Description of the products?

Have you ever wondered if you could actually see how other dogs are enjoying them? Not pictures,but in video so that you can actually HEAR and feel the treats’ textures?

Some of you may have already recognized I have been putting up treats’ videos on youtube so that people can hear the sound,see Palette in action and get more detail on products.

With “Palette’s Note” series,I like to put taste test videos. This time, “Dehydrated Fish treats 8 oz“.

Dehydrated Fish treats Aunt Jeni

Dehydrated fish (sardine) treats 8 oz..

The dehydrated fish treats is dehydrated wild caught sardine,and these treats are Palette’s favorite new treats which makes her very vocal and cannot get enough of.

This treats comes in 8 oz bag with approx 17-20 sardine,which is about 3″-5″ long fish, in average, to make it to 8 oz weight.

 The treats are sold by weight,not number of fish in the bag.

Dehydrating process removes moisture out from fish, and it makes dehydrated fish treats soft and crumble,and very easy to chew treats, and I think these treats will be great ones especially for older dogs,who might be appreciated for the easy to chew soft chews.

As you know, Palette the Corgi is on fresh food diet,a.k.a. raw diet and, one of her staple menu is sardines.

I prefer to give vitamins and minerals through whole form of foods instead of synthetic supplements and, I try to include oily fish such as salmon,herring,mackerel and sardines as part of her menu two times a week for the healthy fat “Omega3 fatty acids”,which is good for skin and coat for dogs.

On the pet treats market, it seems the term “omega 3 fatty acids” became a “buzz” word,and many retailers seem to want to use the buzz word for any types of fish treats such as white fish and at the same time, treats companies seems to want to make white fish treats as well with the buzz word on the package.

I think you would find lots of white fish treats on the market but, if you are looking to give good dose of omega 3 fatty acids, it is best to look for known oily fish that are rich in omega3 fatty acids;salmon,mackerel,herring,and sardines.

 If you were just about starting feeding fish to your dogs in fresh food diet, then,start with fish with benefit; the fish that gives your dogs great benefit of feeding.

 Do not start with Tilapia or catfish etc, but start with Salmon,Mackerel,sardine, and herrings etc one fish at a time.

It is true that fish has higher omega 3 fatty acids than omega 6 fatty acids, but the amount in the fish are varied depending on the type of fish.

 Sometimes,you might come across the phrase on the treat package or maybe supplement container that says “XYZ provides not only Omega3 fatty acids but also Omega 6 fatty acids for your dogs”.

 If you simply read the phrase on the package,it sounds super good, and might be healthy stuff for your dogs.

 However, many fresh foods especially poultry such as Chicken,Turkey,Duck etc.. provides high amount of omega 6 fatty acids,less amount of Omega 3 fatty acids.

 Often times, omega 6 fatty acids amount your dog can get via poultry menu is about 10 – 15 times more than the amount of omega 6 fatty acids.

 Therefore,if you are feeding poultry in their diet, you really do not need to add more Omega 6 fatty acids in their diet.

 If you look into getting supplements for your dogs,some brands offer combination of Omega3 fatty acids,Omega 6 fatty acids, and Omega 9 fatty acids.

 Again, you would read the phrases that might make you wonder if the omega3 fatty acids only supplement is better or combination ones is better..

 Generally, supplement should be given to your dogs based on what are missing nutrient in their diet.

 If the dog’s diet was heavy on poultry,then, chances are, the dogs would not be getting good dose of Omega 3 fatty acids so you would want to tweak their diet and include oily fish such as salmon,mackerel,herring and sardines or grass-fed meat or supplement the diet with Fish body oil that has only omega 3 fatty acids not both Omega3 fatty acids and Omega 6 fatty acids.

 Some company include omega 6 fatty acids or rosemary extract to preserve the oil  in the fish body oil supplement,especially pump style fish body oil. So, research what are in the oil before you purchase.

 You can read more on Fish body oil in the previous entry titled “Fish body oil for dogshere.

 When dogs gets dull,flaky coat, or itchy skin could also means that the ratio between the essential fatty acids Omega 3 fatty acids vs Omega 6 fatty acids are off, and they might need to get bump up level of the Omega 3 fatty acids level.

The Omega 9 fatty acids are not member of essential fatty acids.

 In general,Omega 9 is rich in animal fat,and vegetable oil such as olive
oil,sunflower oil,canola oil and nuts such as peanuts etc..and for
human, body can produce the omega 9 too.

I do not know if dogs
can produce omega 9 by themselves but I have an impression that focusing
on feeding good amount of omega 3 fatty acids (essential fatty acids)
will be much more beneficial to dogs.

The Omega 9 is monounsaturated fat,and if you are feeding meat,you are feeding omega 9 in smaller amount via form of food as well.

 Look at the raw beef sirloin nutrition profile here.

Scroll down to fatty acids chart on the bottom and click on “more detail” button,and you see the number 6.4g on the Monounsaturated fat line.

Beef liver here has very tiny amount 0.1g, but it gives monounsaturated fat if you like to feed it via form of food.

Here,Chicken breast has 3.3g of omega 9

Personally, I do not supplement Palette’s diet with Omega 9 fatty acids. I do not think it is not always the case of “More is better”.

 Now, how about Omega 3 fatty acids and Omega 6 fatty acids;the essential fatty acids in variety of fish?

For example, lets say you have 3 oz of cooked wild caught Atlantic salmon. That 3 oz contains 2198mg of omega 3 fatty acids, 187mg of omega6 fatty acids.

You can see the nutrition profile here at here.

What about white fish (whiting)? They do have more omega 3 fatty acids than Omega 6 fatty acids, but the amount in the same weight of the fish is very low compared to oily fish like salmon.

In the 3 oz of cooked whiting fillet, it got omega 3 fatty acids 466 mg,omega 6 fatty acids17 mg.

 As you can see, the amount of omega 3 fatty acids in the white fish is almost 25% of what 3 oz of wild caught salmon can offer.

 Therefore, fish variety matters,especially if you were trying to up the Omega 3 fatty acids your dogs get.

You can see the white fish (whiting nutrition profile) at the here.

If you are going to give fish menu in the diet or as treats, wouldn’t it be much better to offer treats with more benefit??

I would consider whiting as “variety”, and not as “source of omega 3 fatty acids”. Personally, I much prefer to give salmon or any other oily cold water fish over the white fish or other non oily cold water fish.

Sardine, as I have mentioned above, is one of oily fish that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids,and great addition to your dog’s variety of healthy chews, or if you feed the fresh sardine to your dogs, they are great addition in your dog’s diet.

I feed fresh sardine in Palette’s diet regularly by rotating it among other oily omega 3 fatty acids rich fish such as mackerel,salmon,and herrings. Those are staple fresh food fish menu for her.

I could not find nutrition profile at website, but I came across the great article to read to understand how good sardines are for you or for your dogs because of concentrated form of Omega 3 fatty acids.

The WHFoods website says that sardine 3 oz weight provides 55% of daily value and very good nutritional food.

You can read more on sardine, and its health benefit at the WHFoods website here.

Because I have learned so much about health benefit of oily cold water fish, I try to offer cold water oily fish treats to everyone more as oppose to fill our store with fish treats that are made from fish that are not so high in omega 3 fatty acids in them.

This is the reason why you would not find white fish treats or any other non oily cold water fish treat at our store.

We offer “treats” with “health” in mind, and we never offer anything, everything just because treats might sell well.

We are picky when it comes to selecting the treats to offer, but with good reasons.

Now and then,Palette gets wild caught sardine treats and,she gets so excited about the treats. She loves fish.

This one fish treats that are new to our store is one favorite fish treats for Palette. She gives 5 paws up. She cannot get enough of it.

This treat is small,soft,quick nice snack for dogs of all ages.

you would like to give your furriends chews that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids for healthy coat,skin etc.., we have salmon fillet, Dried herring strips,and this Dehydrated fish treats (sardine).

You can find oily cold water fish treats at the fish chew category here.

For the training purpose, oily cold water fish treats you can find now are our made to order Jerky “Surf Turf Jerky” (wild caught salmon and fully grass-fed buffalo meat Jerky) , and Dehydrated Ahi Tuna Loin strips at the dehydrated fish category here.

Ingredient: Wild caught Sardine

Let’s watch how much Palette enjoys her dehydrated fish treats below.

Palette and Dehydrated sardine treats…

Can you see she gets whiny,woofy,very vocal and she is very very excited for the treats? Can you see her eyes all brighten up with the sight of the dehydrated sardine treats?

She really really love them!

 In the video, I asked her to go get the tissue paper when I sneeze. She is very responsive and,it is one of her new tricks she learned with clicker training.

 The second time I asked her to show us again, the tissue paper stuck to her tongue, and she was shaking her head to release the tissue paper and I came to rescue; to take the tissue paper off from her tongue

 She really likes this tricks.

 When I was still teaching her this trick step by step, and understood what my sneeze cue meant, after a couple of tries with practice, she brought generous amount of tissue paper by back and forth with one sheet of tissue paper but then, she decided that mom must be sick,and she brought the whole tissue box by grabbing the box awkward way.

 She is very considerate dog,isn’t she?

Also, in the video, you can see how the fish treats get crumbles when she bites into the treats,and they are very soft,easy to chew treats.

Look! That is my favorite sardine fish treats!

Yup,it is sardine treats. I am not dreaming..

Can I get one,mom?

Well,I changed my mind.

I will self-serve myself with gator jump!

Please note that due to natural treats,length,size of each fish can vary.

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