There has been a lot of press about farmed salmon and it can be confusing to know what to look for in a fresh cooked fish diet for your canine. Here is the skinny on salmon:
Wild Caught: this salmon is caught in the wild by fisherman in rivers, lakes, and oceans. There is very little commerical wild salmon fishing performed today in the Atlantic Ocean because of supply.
Commercial Farmed: these fish are raised at specially designated aquatic farms. They are often raised on a man-made diet (which can include grains) and can be subjected to pesticides, antibiotics and hormones during their growth phase. Traditionally farmed Atlantic salmon stress the natural aquatic system and can pollute the waters, spread sea lice and escape and upset the natural balance of aquatic creatures.
Sustainably Farmed: although this Atlantic salmon is also raised in designated aquatic farms, these fish are caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term vitality of the salmon and the well-being and health of the oceans and its other inhabitants, as well as the livelihoods of fisheries-dependent communities.
At Tom&Sawyer, we purchase fresh (not frozen) salmon filet from a New Brunswick salmon company who practices only sustainable salmon farming in the cold, clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, off the cost of Canada and Maine. The salmon in our Sous Vide Salmon dog meal is raised on a natural diet from sustainable sources and are hormone, antibiotic, and pesticide free.