Can dogs eat Herring?

can dogs eat herringYes


  • Dogs can eat herring. Herring is the main ingredient in some fish-based commercial dog food.
  • Herring is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for the heart. It also improves a dog's skin and coat quality.
  • Herring contains protein and vitamin D which are essential in keeping a dog's muscles, bones, and teeth healthy.


  • Herring is low in mercury content.
  • Raw herring may contain parasites or "herring worm" which can cause gastrointestinal issues like vomiting and stomach upset in dogs.
  • Small dogs may choke on the whole herring. Herring has hair-thin bones that could potentially cause stomach irritation to dogs, especially to small ones. The fishbones can even puncture a dog’s intestines.
  • Raw herring may contain bacteria and parasites.


  • Avoid giving your dog salted, smoked, or pickled herring as they usually contain high amounts of sodium.
  • Fresh herring must be cooked thoroughly.
  • Remove all bones, cut the fish into small pieces to avoid choking. Serve herring to your dog in moderation.

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