Sardines are a rich source of omega-3s, the fatty acids that have become famous for their anti-inflammatory, health-promoting abilities. They are also important because so many fats have inflammatory properties, and omega-3 and omega-6 fight each other for space in the body. If you or your pet is ingesting lots of omega-6s, but not enough omega-3s, the result can be imbalance and inflammation.
Omega-6s are found in many foods like several meats — however our dogs need meat! So how to handle this? Add some omega-3 rich items like sardines.
Sardines also provide other excellent nutrients like vitamin D and calcium.
I like to add a sardine or so a day to my dog’s meals, but the amount you add will depend on your dog’s weight and nutritional needs.