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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-20-2017, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Fresh sardines -vs canned?

I like to give my dog, Jazzy, a can of sardines, probably a couple times per week with her food. She loves sardines!

I typically buy Chicken of the Sea -Sardines in Water ( ) for about $1 per can at my local Winco grocery store. I'm sure the sardine quality is "O.K." but not great.

Sometimes I buy the Wild Planet (water with no salt added) variety ( Wild Sardines In Water ? 4.4oz | Wild Planet ) from my local Co-Op for about $3.50 per can. I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing they're likely better quality than the Chicken of the Sea brand.

This last weekend when I was shopping at my local, Natural Food Co-Op, I see they're selling fresh sardines for $7.99 lb. in the fresh meat/fish counter. They are much larger than those in the can (obviously) and they look like they're probably terrific quality!

At first I thought $7.99 per pound was expensive, but then it occurred to me...that's only .50 per ounce!

I think I'll likely buy those sardines and cut them up into roughly 4 oz. pieces and give those to Jazzy. The fresh sardines are probably FAR more nutritious than any canned variety, wouldn't you think?

Once I cut them up into small serving sizes, could I freeze them and then defrost them before serving? Would that be safe? Any other thoughts, suggestions, etc.?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-21-2017, 12:06 AM
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When I buy whole sardines I usually freeze the whole fish, and I usually feed my dogs a whole fish as well, but you can cut it up in pieces and feed with the rest of the meal too. Sometimes I thaw them and sometimes not. My dogs kind of like getting them frozen I think.
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I only feed fresh sardines, herring, and mackeral. Sometimes I will get the ground version if whole is not available. If who'd they each get a whole fish.

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I feed both canned sardines and mackerel in water and whole (guts and all) flash frozen sardines. I just pull the frozen ones out of the freezer and plop them into the bowl except for LB who likes them cut into pieces. Dogs like them as frozen crunchies. Dogs were not as thrilled with the salmon scraps I was able to find so gave up on those.

I am a raw feeder so this is just part of their normal diet.

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