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I’m not really the outdoorsy type.
Jessica from You Did What With Your Weiner took me “hiking” once and I almost died. DIED.
OK, confession: it was a somewhat easy, albeit long, walk through X̱wáýx̱way (Stanley Park) in Vancouver, but we got lost and I got tired. It was beautiful to walk through the forest and along the sea, but frankly, the Tap House is more my speed.
So you can imagine my thoughts when one of my friends emailed me asking if I had any ideas to turn the fish her kids and husband catch on their fishing trips into dog treats.
Y’all, I don’t FISH. I mean, I like to eat fish and chips and I’m always up for a nice fish taco, but oh my dog! The idea of catching a fish and preparing it myself was very intimidating. I was fully prepared to respond with a resounding “HECK NOPE”, but then I got my grocery store email. Trout was on sale. The Universe was mocking me and I decided to give it a try.
I WAS NOT EMOTIONALLY PREPARED FOR THE INSTACART DRIVER TO HAND ME A WHOLE FISH WITH THE HEAD ON.
I’m going to go ahead and admit it. I had a bit of a breakdown.
But, by that stage? I was in it to win and it trout jerky was happening, no matter how upsetting that fish was.
And in the end? It wasn’t so bad. The fish was easier to prepare than I imagined. It didn’t smell as “fishy” as I had thought it would and Kol is definitely a HUGE FAN of the finished dog treat.
How to safely make trout dog treats
There are definitely a few things you need to know before jumping in to make your own DIY Trout Jerky treats for your dog. While this sustainable, low-mercury fish is a great choice to add to your pet’s diet. Here’s what you need to know
Trout can carry the same parasites that salmon do which can cause Salmon Poisoning Disease, particularly west of the Cascade mountain range.
Salmon Poisoning Disease is fatal in nearly 90% of cases, causing vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, weakness, and more. It’s scary and absolutely not worth risking.
The good news is that it’s very easy to protect your dog from Salmon Poisoning Disease by freezing the fish at -4F or colder for at least 7 days. If you do not have ample freezer space, you can also kill off harmful trout parasites by cooking the fish before you dry it. Cook the fish to an internal temperature of 145F for at least 10 minutes per inch of thickness.
You can also protect your dog by ensuring your trout is well cleaned and scaled and discarding any problematic areas. ofthe fish, such as the belly.
I have anxiety and am 100% overprotective of Kol, so I did ALL of this before I made turned my fish into trout jerky.