Dried Sardines are an excellent and healthy snack for their dogs and cats. They are considered one of the best sources of protein, omega-3 & 6, vitamin D and vitamin B-12. A word of caution though is to search for the lowest sodium treats as many dried sardines in the market today are loaded to sodium! Even the natural unsalted varieties contain high amounts of natural salts which can lead to health complications for your dogs and cats. As long as you use low sodium options available on the market, here are top 7 reasons why you should be feeding your dogs and cats sardines if you love them!
PACKED WITH PROTEIN
Protein is required by dogs and cats for proper muscle and connective tissue development. Sardine contain high quality fish proteins which are also full of essential amino acids your pets cannot produce without these types of foods. In addition, sardines have a short life cycle, which means they do not accrue mercury in their systems like some of the other large fish from the ocean.
DHA is a omega 3 fatty acid that is abundant in sardines. Studies in people and dogs have proven that DHA is great for our brains and cognitive health. One study on beagle puppies found that DHA improved cognitive learning and motor skills during developmental stages. Specifically, sardines can help with your pet's learning abilities, psychomotor skills, eye function, and even memory!
Sardines are an excellent source of vitamin B12, which promotes an overall cardiovascular well-being. In addition, Omega 3 fatty acids such as DHA and EPA have also proven to help prevent cardiovascular diseases by lowering cholesterol and lowering blood viscosity.
JOINT AND BONE SUPPORT
Sardines are also packed with vitamin D which helps our pet's bodies build and strengthen bone. In addition, omega 3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA are also great for joint health!
CAN HELP LOSE WEIGHT
Earth Paw's dried sardines are only 4.8 calories per 1.5 gram fish which makes it a super low calorie snack for our furry friends. Also, omega-3s found in the sardine can activate a type of protein that turns on fat-burning genes in your pet’s body! When used correctly, this can help slim down our pets.
PREVENTATIVE MEASURE FOR CANCER
Studies on Omega 3 fatty acids have found that it help help inhibit the formation of tumours and prevent cancer from metastasizing. In addition, having a ample source of vitamin D plays an important role in the prevention of certain types of cancer.
POSITIVE EFFECTS AGAINST SEIZING PETS
Research shows that the omega, packed in the sardine, contains potent anti-inflammatory properties that fight the inflammation mediators in epileptic patients while increasing seizure thresholds, in other words, helping to suppress attacks.
For many people, the first thing that comes into mind when they think of sardines is "smelly and gross". However, sardines can be superfood that will ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life.