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Can Dogs Eat Fish Sticks? Yes or No

Dogs love treats a lot. Serving your dogs treats will make them even love you more. However, even though dogs love treats very well, some treats are not considered healthy for your dog. This is a major concern as you will not want to give your dog anything that will harm it. This has led to the question “Can Dogs Eat Fish Sticks” which is being asked by some dog owners. So if you are currently seeing this article that means you are also curious about this question.

Without Further Ado let’s get the ball rolling!

Can Dogs Eat Fish Sticks?

Well Yes……. But occasionally. You know, just like we eat hunks occasionally even when we know junks are not entirely good for our health, this is the same with fish treats. As we can’t purposely put junk as part of our diets, it is also not health-wise to put fish treats as a constituent of your dog’s diet.

So taking fish sticks occasionally is a good thing as they are extremely tasty. 

A Cute Dog looking at a plate of fish sticks

Are Fish Sticks Good For Dogs

Fish sticks are not good for your dog as they do not provide any significant nutritional value to your dog. However, it is perfectly fine If you give them occasionally. Below are some reasons why we do not recommend the regular consumption of fish sticks. 

1 Fat: many ingredients in fish sticks contain large amounts of fats. Excess fats in dogs are a dangerous situation and can lead to several health problems like bloating, indigestion, pancreatitis, and obesity. All these health problems can lead to severe results if they are left without being managed.

  1. Additives: Additives are ingredients added to dishes to make them more tasty and attractive. Most additives that are used for producing fish sticks are not supposed to be among a dog’s diet. Additives like onions, garlic, and other artificial seasonings.
  2. Salt: most commercial fish stick brands would feature a large amount of salt which is highly inappropriate for your dog’s health and well-being. Too much salt may not have the same effect on humans as it may have on dogs, because dogs tend to be more reactive to food that contains salt than humans. Excess salt in a dog’s diet can lead to significantly severe dehydration and even salt poisoning.

Another reason is because of the little or no nutrients that the chief ingredient (White Fish) contains. This is the chief reason fish sticks can not be added as the main part of your dog’s diet because they don’t add any nutritional value.

Can Dogs Eat Fish Sticks

While most commercial brands use white fish as the major ingredient, they are also better options that give equally better nutrients. For example, fish like salmon and mackerel are better options than white fish. But commercial brands are unlikely to go for these options because they are more difficult to get. 

Salmons for example will require more significant work to get than White Fish because they are difficult to catch, and these brands do not want to take up that task. So they just go for the easier and less stressful option which is white fish. Of course, white fishes are very common with millions of them across major ways in the world. 

What Are Fish Sticks?

Fish sticks are also called fish fingers. They are specially prepared fishes that are molded to look like a finger. Many people enjoy fish sticks because of their very peculiar taste. They also lack the unwanted smell that is often characterized by most food made from fish. They are also referred to as bearded fish sticks or battered fish sticks.

Are Fried Fish Sticks Good For Dogs? 

Dogs consuming fried fish sticks may not have any adverse health problems, but regular consumption will mean more consumption of oil. And excess consumption of oil in dogs is disastrous as it can destroy your dog’s intestine wall as well as introduce inflammation to her pancreas. 

Deep-fried fish sticks are a combination of the original oil that is in fish naturally and the oil that it will absorb in the frying process. 

Homemade Fish Sticks Treat

One benefit of making homemade fish treats is that you have complete control over the ingredients you will use. This is very essential because you get to choose ingredients that have the best nutritional value. Homemade fish fingers are also great treats and can be better than that of a commercial brand at times. 

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So now I am going to put in my invisible apron and take you on a ride as we prepare a really tasty homemade fish stick.


1 One and a half fresh cod (salmon and mackerel will be very good options too)

  1. 2 medium-sized eggs 
  2. ½ teaspoon of paprika
  3. Zest of one lemon
  4. 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  5. ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  6. ½ cup of panko

Cooking Instructions;

1 Heat the oven from about 420°f to 430°f. Get a baking sheet and place a wire rack.

  1. Spray the wire rack with nonstick spray
  2. Dry the fish with paper towels
  3. Apply very little seasoning (salt and pepper)
  4. Cut the fish into finger shapes. Set aside
  5. Whisk the egg in a bowl until you are sure it is well beaten. Set aside.
  6. Get another bowl and mix the garlic powder, panko, onion powder, lemon zest, and paprika.
  7. Dip eat finger-shaped fish into the egg mixture and panko mixture one after the other.
  8. Arrange the sticks on a wire rack and place them in the oven.
  9. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes until they are all crispy. 

Your homemade fish stick is ready to be served.

Are Fish Sticks Good For Dogs? 

There are always two sides to a coin. As the saying goes “every bad thing has an advantage” fish sticks are no exception. Although fish sticks may not have sufficient nutrients for your dog’s health, there are a few situations where they might come in handy. For example, fish sticks can serve as the solution for dogs gaining weight especially if they have lost weight through trauma or recent surgery. 

Also if the fish stick is made from fishes like mackerel and salmon, it could aid the proper functioning of your dog’s heart. Fish sticks can also be of help in reducing the risks of some “certain types of media”. 

Can Dogs Eat Raw Fish

Absolutely No! Raw fish is not healthy for dogs. There are several complications and problems that raw fish could introduce to your dog’s system. According to the AKC (American Kennel Club), raw fish can introduce illness to your dog’s system. 

Raw fish can lead to food poisoning which could cause symptoms like; 

1 Diarrhea

  1. Fever
  2. Abdominal pain
  3. Nausea
  4. Vomiting
  5. Dizziness 
  6. Salivation

Raw fish can also contain bacteria like Salmonella and listeria that are communicable and can be transferred from dogs to humans.

How Many Fish Sticks Can My Dog Eat

It is important that your dog eat the smallest amount of fish sticks. Even average feeding it one fish stick per day may introduce several health complications. We would recommend that you do not feed your dog more than one fish stick in a week. Also, don’t forget to contact your Vet to confirm that your dog doesn’t have any underlying health condition that forbids the intake of fish sticks. 

Can Dogs Eat Fish Bones 

Another Big No! You shouldn’t allow your dog to chew on a piece of fish bones. Fish bones can cause serious complications in your dog’s health. It may get stuck in your dog’s body parts like the mouth, intestines, throat, and stomach. If this happens, your dog could be in a severe health condition. Sometimes your dog may vomit out the fishbone (even vomiting it out will cause significant pain and may even lead to a situation where your dog can’t eat if the fish bones delay in coming out).

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There are several symptoms and health problems that your dog experiences if a fish bone gets stuck in its throat. Some of them are;

1 Constipation: your dog may suffer from constipation if a fish bone gets stuck in her intestine, especially her large intestine. This health condition will cause your dog to have problems passing out poop.

  1. Choking: dogs will experience choking if fragments of fish bones manage to get into the windpipe. This is not a good health condition, it will require an immediate Vet’s examination to manage it.
  2. Ulcer: Yeah! Stuck fish bones can cause ulcers. If by any chance fish bones get stuck in your dog’s throat or stomach it could result in ulcers. 
  3. Peritonitis: fish bones can cause peritonitis. Bacterias can be introduced into your dog’s system especially her digestive system if fish bones get stuck in there.
  4. Tooth Problems: any fragment of fish bones that are stuck in your dog’s gum can lead to bad teeth. These splitters would cause inflammation in the gum of your dog.

Dogs can also suffer from loss of appetite, retching, restlessness, uneasiness, thirst, coughing, difficulty in defecating, vomiting, stress, and a clogged stomach. 


Tartar sauces would go well with fish sticks. So the addition of homemade tartar sauce in your equally homemade fish finger will be just beautiful and perfect. Tarter can stay up to 5days if it is kept in the refrigerator. 

I hope we have been able to answer the question ” can dogs eat fish sticks” very well. Do you have any questions? Drop a comment.

We hope this article is of great help to you. Cheers!  

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