What Will Happen If You Share Fish Sticks With Your Dog?

What Will Happen If You Share Fish Sticks With Your Dog?

Author WDF Staff | Last updated: May 03 2023


The majority of humans like to consume fish since it offers us many health benefits, but what about fish sticks or fish fingers, as they are usually called? Fish fingers are usually made from white fish, and as you may know, this type of fish is the cheapest. That said, there are better choices for eating fish.

If you are a fish stick lover and own a dog, you most probably wondered: "Can dogs eat fish sticks?” We always advise owners not to share any food scrapes from your table with dogs since this will not provide anything beneficial for them, and the same applies to fish sticks.

Can dogs eat fish sticks?

Generally speaking, dogs can eat fish sticks, and they will not cause toxicity for your dog. The better question would be: "Should dogs eat fish sticks?" and the answer would be – loud and clear no.

The fish sticks will not provide any nutritional benefit for your dog; on the contrary, they can only potentially create some health problems. If you can't say no to your dog's puppy eyes, make sure to offer your dog a small piece of fish stick, and only that way can you be sure that nothing bad will happen.


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Why are fish sticks not the best choice for your dog?

If given in moderation, plain fish sticks should not cause any problems for your dog, but the most problems connected to fish sticks are with additional seasoning. Usually, fish sticks will come with onion and garlic powders, making them tastier for humans. Dogs should avoid these seasonings since they can cause toxicity.

Fish sticks contain a lot of sodium content, and we all know that too much salt could quickly lead to many health problems for dogs, including obesity and heart problems. Not to mention dehydration. Dehydration is one serious problem that the majority of dog owners often time overlook.

The most usual way of preparing fish sticks is to fry them in a pan. Frying them will need a lot of oil, and consuming food that contains a lot of bad oils could quickly cause additional health issues for dogs.

IMPORTANT: Whenever you plan to add something new to your dog's diet, you should ask yourself if this will benefit your dog and provide any nutritional value. If the answer is no, there is no legit reason why you should share that food with your dog. It is much better to find something that your dog will benefit from.

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How to safely feed your dog fish sticks?

If you decide to share some fish sticks with your dog, the best thing you can do now is to ensure that you only share the ones that are safe for them to avoid any gastrointestinal complications and disturbement.

When frying fish sticks, make sure to use little oils, and fish sticks should be plain, without any additional seasoning, such as garlic or onion.

Offer your dog only a small piece of fish stick and watch for his reaction. Some dogs could react to certain food even after ingesting a small amount. If it seems that your dog is reacting to fish sticks, you should contact your vet and ask for further instructions.

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Is there any alternative to fish sticks?

We understand that you want to spice your dog's nutrition, but you should be able to find out and choose something that will benefit your dog. If you want to share fish with your dog, there are a few other options to share with your dog rather than fish sticks.

Fish you can share with your dog include:

  • Salmon
  • Herring
  • Whitefish
  • Flounder
  • Catfish
  • Cod
  • Walleye
  • Hank

We know that these are the more pricey types of fish, but given that your dog will enjoy them while also taking all their benefits, it is worth it.

IMPORTANT: When offering your dog some human food, make sure it is plain, without any additional spices or seasoning. Only that way can you be sure that the food will not harm your dog.

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