Fish contains high-quality protein, iodine and various vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D. It’s also a natural source of Omega 3 essential fatty acids that don't occur naturally in the cells of dogs so adding them is beneficial to the joints and over all mobility.
I’ve read where studies have shown that people who eat fish every week have more grey matter in the centers of the brain that regulate emotion and memory along with slower rates of cognitive decline. I think the same benefits can apply to dogs.
Yellow Fin Tuna, also known as Ahi, has a firm texture and mild flavor. The downside is that these fish can grow to more than 400 pounds so mercury can be a concern depending on where and how they're caught. For this reason I do watch how much he eats keeping it to a minimum of 2-3 servings a month.
Honey Ginger Ahi Jerky
Cook Time: 8-10 hours
Nutrition facts: 52 calories, , 13 calories from fat Total fat: 1.4g or2% (0.0g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)
- 1 (12 oz) bag yellow fin tuna steaks
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
- Slice the tuna steaks into two to three slices while still frozen and place in a large bowl.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl to make a marinade.
- Once the fish has thawed, use your hands to rub the marinade mixture over the steaks to completely cover. Place on lined dehydrator racks.
- Dehydrate for several hours until the top side is dry. Remove paper and place jerky back on trays with dried side on bottom. Dehydrate until completely dry.
These will keep for several weeks wrapped in paper in an airtight container. Don't keep in the refrigerator as that will add moisture resulting in mold.