Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Herring

Today we move to the letter “h” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring herring as our ingredient of the day.

What is herring?

According to Wikipedia, herring are a forage fish, mostly belonging to the family Clupeidae. They often move in large schools around fishing banks and near the coast. Herring are small fish; Baltic herring range from 5.5- 7.5 inches long and the larger Atlantic herring can get as large as 18 inches long and about 1.5 lbs.

Common names for herring

The most common name variations of herring are Atlantic herring, Pacific herring, Baltic herring, Sea herring, and sardine (which is part of the herring family).

Why is herring included in dog food?

Herring is added to dog food for two key reasons: 1) it is a quality source of protein and fat, 2) it provides Omega-3 fatty acids.

Is herring a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

We found herring (or some derivation like herring meal) in 5.86% of the foods in our dog food ingredient database.

Common benefits or risks of herring

Herring are very high in the long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. They are also a good source of vitamin D. …read more

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