Why is it that the things that offer the most benefit to our dogs have such a strong smell:
- Green beef tripe
- Turmeric (which I kind of like)
- Apple cider vinegar
- Green-lipped mussel (I like this one too)
Now add to the list (to the top of the list) Answer’s Fermented Fish Stock. A potent dog supplement with only 2 ingredients: fish stock and ground, fermented sardines.
It’s Fermented, So Of Course it Smells Bad
Well, I didn’t get that. Every person I’ve mentioned this supplement too scrunches up their nose in disgust. I didn’t have that reaction initially. All I heard was how amazing this supplement is for dogs (it’s a great substitute for bone broth if you don’t have any on hand) and I picked up 4 pints at Julz Animal Houz and ordered 10 more pints through our local raw feeding co-op.
A local pet store owner (Julz Animal Houz) warned me about the smell, but I figured that if I can handle green tripe without retching, then this won’t bother me.
I was wrong.
I made the mistake of opening the container, putting my nose to the opening and taking a whiff. Big mistake. Huge!
It smells awful. Worse than green tripe. I can only hope that I get used to it over time (as I did with the tripe) because this is going to be a regular part of our dogs’ diet.
J is not on board.
Benefits of Fermented Food for Dogs
Benefits of Fermented Fish Stock for Dogs
Each dog had a recent health assessment by Pet Beastro and we learned that fermented fish stock would be great for each of them, because…
- Joint health
- Thyroid health
- Digestive health (a superfood for this)
- Helps with liver detox
- Skin and coat health
- Immune system boost
- Great for dogs with kidney disease, because it offsets the low protein diet and helps to reduce stress on kidneys
How Much Fermented Fish Stock Do I Give Our Dogs?
You can give fermented fish stock daily, but like with most of the supplements I give our dogs, I like to stick with 3-4x a week. The container lists the following suggested daily serving:
- Up to 20 pounds: 4 tablespoons or ¼ cup per day
- 20 – 50 pounds: 8 tablespoons or ½ cup per day
- 50 pounds and up: 12 tablespoons or ¾ cup per day*
* All of our dogs weigh more than 50 pounds.
How Do We Store Fermented Fish Stock?
I store it in the freezer until needed, thaw over a few days in the fridge, and serve up. I stretch out each container for a week because we’re just starting with this supplement. As soon as I get more freezer space, I can really stock up on the pints.
Although Answers states that there’s no need to switch the fish stock to a new container, I’m not putting that back in our fridge once it’s been opened. I moved it to a separate container that has a tight seal to hold the odor in and rinsed and recycled the original carton.
How Much Does Fermented Fish Stock Cost?
It’s about $6 at our local pet store and I get it for less through our local raw feeding co-op. Because we have 4 dogs, I’ll buy first through our co-op to get the cost savings.
I’ll post an update after a few weeks of the dogs dining out on this disgusting delicacy and let you know if I notice any improvements. My goal is to add a few natural and affordable supplements to their diet to alleviate the need for the more expensive brands.
Can Humans Drink Fermented Fish Stock?
Ummm, yes. But do you want to?
Can't Get Fermented Fish Stock? Try Making It
Sometimes I forget that a good number of my readers live outside of the States and don't have access to Answers Pet Food products. Here is a video showing you how to make your own fermented fish stock.