Can dogs eat Sardines?

can dogs eat sardinesYes



Can dogs eat sardines? Yes, it is okay to give sardines to dogs. But it is strongly advised to avoid purchasing radioactive strontium-contaminated sardines. These types of sardines can weaken the bones of dogs, making them highly susceptible to fractures.


  • Dogs can eat sardines. Sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which support a dog's brain and cardiovascular health.
  • Sardines also promote glossy and healthy skin and coats for dogs.
  • Sardines contain high levels of protein, which helps in the development and repair of muscles and connective tissues.
  • Sardines have low mercury levels.


  • Some sardines may contain radioactive strontium which can damage the bones. Consuming contaminated sardines or sardine oils can lead to weaker bones which increases the risk of fractures.
  • Canned sardines are high in sodium which is unhealthy for dogs when consumed excessively. It can lead to sodium poisoning, obesity, pancreatitis, or kidney problems.
  • Sardines have hair-thin bones that could potentially cause stomach irritation to dogs, especially small dogs.


  • Clean fresh sardines thoroughly by removing the entrails.
  • Remove all bones. Give cooked sardines to your dogs in small portions occasionally as a treat.
  • If using canned sardines, choose the salt-free and oil-free ones.

You may also like

Articles by food type

what fruits can dogs eat

Fruit & Veg

herbs for dogs

Herbs & Spices

can dogs eat pumpkin seeds

Nuts & Seeds

can dogs eat grains


can dogs eat raw meat

Meat & Offal

can dogs eat seafood


can dogs eat egg and dairy

Egg & Dairy

can dogs eat human food

Human Food

Diet & Recipes

Diet & Recipes