So by the time, she got her head on straight and realized she had totally neglected her duty and let Tasty Tuesday pass without so much as a snackeroo, she was in a panic to find something to post. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Seems that the Daddy didn’t do the grocery shopping while the Mama was busy this weekend. Thanks a heap Daddy.
The Nana is a bit of an odd duck. She likes a little something called orange and sardine salad, so we almost always have a can of sardines in the house.
The Mama will often give us a sardine right out of the can as a treat. They are so fishy and delicious. There are few things in the world that I won’t do for a sardine. This is like puggle crack.
Sardines are legit healthy too.
Sardines might smell JUST AWFUL! but they are filled with all sorts of great nutritious stuff. They are a great source of vitamin B12, which supports cardiovascular health. Since you get the whole fishy, soft bones included, sardines are a great source of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D. Due to the vitamin D and high levels of selenium, dietary intake of sardines has been associated with a reduced cancer risk. Sardines are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which help reduce the inflammation in your body and can help everything from allergies and itchies to inflammation pain and cholesterol. High in protein, sardines are a great snack to help fuel your active pup.
Which can to choose?
There are a TON of brands and types of sardines on the market. We like to choose a brand that practices “dolphin-friendly” fishing. Let’s face it, dolphins are CUTE. We like to choose a sardine labelled as low or reduced sodium and packed in olive oil, not soy oil. Soybean is really hard for a lot of pups to digest. If you are bit Roly Poly (like Koly), we’d suggest choosing a sardine packed in water.
So what’s the catch?
BOL, I made a funny. Get it? “the catch” ’cause we’re talking about fishing? No? Too corny? Moving right along….
Sardines carry a pretty weighty calorie punch. a 3.2 ounce can has around 120 calories. That is 1/5 of the calories I should eat for the whole day! The good news is that the ones packed in water are lower calorie and that I can easily have a sardine or two throughout the week with no problem.
Sardines contain a little something called purine, which is broken down into uric acid. Uric acid can contribute to the formation of kidney stones, so if this is a problem for you, I would probably avoid sardines altogether.
They aren’t very practical though.
Ugh, can you imagine the Mama carrying around a pocketful of soggy sardines?! She would attract all the cats in town. Not exactly something she wants, considering I am deathly afraid of those feline devils. Enter the solution: dried sardines.
Lots of high end pet stores are now carrying dried sardines which are a much more practical choice for training and carrying around with you. Since most of the oil has been dried out of them, they are also a good lower calorie choice.
What do you think? Would you try sardines as a treat at your house?