Dog and fishSales of salmon were the main product helping food and drink exports in the UK return to growth in 2013. It’s Scotland’s No 1 food export. Something like a million fresh salmon meals is eaten in the UK every day. So that’s really great for humans but how do dogs fare in this spectacular rise in the consumption of salmon? They love the stuff and while I cannot quote any eye-opening facts I can confirm salmon and potato is our top-selling dog food.

Why? Well, we get consistent feedback that it’s highly palatable and ideal for sensitive stomachs. It appears it is a must for itchy or flaky skin and has a high degree of success with skin allergies. It puts weight on dogs and gives their coats a soft sheen in a very short time. There is added salmon oil in our salmon and potato dog food and that is probably key to shiny healthy coats.

Our own label Salmon and Potato has 36.5% salmon and Simpsons Sensitive Salmon and Potato has 45% in the recipe. Salmon is a highly nutritious food. It is high in protein and the “good fats.” But a little known fact is that a 4 oz serving of wild salmon provides a full day’s requirement of vitamin D for a human? It is one of the few foods that can make that claim. That same piece of 4oz fish contains over half of the necessary B12, niacin and selenium. It is also an excellent source of B6 and magnesium.

The good fats or Omega-3 fats seem to primarily work through reducing inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation is turning out to be at the base of many health problems including heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancers and arthritis. Omega-3 also helps prevent the blood clots which cause many strokes. So it’s perfectly feasible that it helps dogs in similar ways to humans. So keeping dogs healthy is what all dog owners want and the answer has got to be in the salmon…………