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Sardine dog treats, another superfood for dogs !

Archie-dog-eating-sardine-dog-treatWith the word super-food being thrown around in human terms, its easy for us to get jaded.

The point with dog food is tat they should be eating mostly meat, and that is mostly why we sell 100% meat dog treats.

These sardines are typically around 10 cm long and are filleted (cut down the middle) with heads removed and tails mostly intact.

With most dogs eating beef or chicken in their dog food or dog snacks, a fish dog treat adds a nice boost of nutrition to the mix. Not only does every different meat treat have a different easily digested protein profile (the levels of essential amino acids) but in the case of fish they also have the most natural form of Omega's and a few other tricks up their sleeve.

We have included the nutrition table for Sardines in the appendix below, and also a video of our resident meat dog treat eating expert Archie, showing you how a spoodle does it.

 

But first if you want to see what they look like in the shop here is your chance:

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Sardine dog treat nutrition

Firstly from the table below you will notice that 100g of Sardine makes up 871 KJ with approximately equal amounts of energy from Protein (440 KJ) as from Fats (431 KJ). What you will notice is that compared to the other fish products in our store this product has relatively high fat levels of 11.5% fat. 

This is not ideal for pancreatic dogs requiring very low fat levels, but for healthy dogs, this is VERY good.  It is around the same fat level as found in regular beef and chicken dog treats however nearly 5g of that fat is from Omega 3 (1.5g) and Omega 6 (3.5 g)  this is an outstanding and highly nutritious level and one of the main reasons people feed sardines to their dogs.

Sardine dog treat eating instructional video

Sardines PROTEINS and Amino acids for dog treats

Nutrition tables show that 100g of sardines includes 25% protein. But that 100g of raw (wet) sardine that also includes 60g of water.

Our dried treats are likely to contain 10% or less water so taking out all of that water means that the protein is effectively doubled in dried dog treats to around 50% or higher.

Why Sardines are classified as safe fish to eat.  While we like to think our Australian waters are less polluted than many other seas, some people are concerned about eating large old fish because of the possible accumulation of heavy metals.

Sardines typically only live about 14 years, and with around 90 % of their population being under 6 years old the bad metal accumulation is very likely to be very slight. So slight that sardines are often recommended for pregnant human women to eat.  They are also considered to be still quite abundant in the seas, so are also still a sustainable fish treat to eat for humans and dogs alike.

Sardine dog treat Vitamins and minerals

Just as their essential amino acids (protein) is very bio available for carnivore dogs to eat, their vitamin and minerals are also exceptional.

You can read the tables in the appendix, but the highlights are:

Vitamins - particularly strong on the Vitamin B range: B2 (riboflavin) is 0.2mg; B12 8.9 mcg, Niacin 5.2 mg.

Minerals

  • Selenium 52.7  mcg 
  • Calcium 382 mg
  •  Copper  0.2 mg
  • Phosphorus  490 mg

CONCLUSION

If you are after an ORGANIC dog treat, that is a great bio available source of protein, and has HIGH LEVELS of Omega 3 and 6, with a good smattering of vitamins and minerals you have found it.

 

APPENDIX

Sardine dog treat Nutrition table  (c/o http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4114/2 )

NOTE this is for CANNED Sardine raw (including water)

sardine-nutrition dog treats table

 

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