How to Make Salmon Skin Rolls for Dogs (Easy Steps & Complete Guide)

Our furry babies will chow down on almost anything. If it will fit, they will get it into their mouths. This is why it’s important for dog owners to monitor and observe everything their dog comes into contact with. Fish is a wonderful menu item for dogs. But there are some caveats around feeding it to your canine companion, especially when it comes to salmon skin.

There is a method on how to make salmon skin rolls for dogs. However, it can be dangerous if you’re not careful. You can make these delicious morsels as a higher-incentive training treat. That said, salmon skin rolls should never be a staple of a dog’s diet.

Are there Any Risks When Dogs Eat Salmon Skin?

Even though salmon is fine to serve to a dog, it is very high in cholesterol and fat. This is particularly true of the skin, where it will cause your dog to quickly gain weight and it could end up with pancreatitis. Unfortunately, parasites nestle themselves into the skin of raw salmon. Therefore you must fully cook the skins before allowing your dog to eat them.

What’s more, salmon tends to have high levels of mercury and the skin will have higher amounts than the flesh. Giving this to your dog on occasion shouldn’t present any poisoning issues. However, frequent feeding of salmon skin can build up toxicity within the dog’s body over time and this will create serious health problems.

How Often Should You Serve Salmon Skin to a Dog?

If you have a butterball for a dog, only feed small salmon skin servings on very rare occasions. However, when you have a pup that’s very playful, active and athletic, you can feed it more often.

Does Salmon Skin Have Any Benefits for a Dog?

Omega-3 fatty acids are an important canine nutrient and salmon is a fabulous source. It has anti-inflammatory properties that are good for your dog’s constitution. Plus, it will make your pooch’s coat and skin shiny, soft, pliable and hydrated. The fatty acids also help your dog’s immune system, making it resistant to diseases and viruses.

What Precautions Should You Take Before Giving a Dog Salmon Skin?

Always take into account your dog’s age, overall health and activity before you decide to feed salmon skins. If you have an old dog that gains weight easily, you shouldn’t give salmon skins too often. However, if you have a very young pup with exuberant amounts of energy without any internal health issues, you’re fine to feed it to them once or twice per month.

Regardless of the dog’s condition, the other thing to take into account is ensuring you’re not feeding the dog smoked salmon skins. The salts and seasonings will hurt and possibly kill your dog. Ensure the salmon is from the Atlantic Ocean and that it’s wild caught.

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Is There a Reliable Recipe for Doggie Salmon Skin Rolls?

Baking the salmon skin is the best way for dogs to consume them. There are no seasonings or anything special. Just the skin baked to perfection. However, you could also cook up the salmon in another homemade dog food recipe or feed the filet as part of its meal.

Items You’ll Need

  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Cookie Sheet with Parchment Paper or a Crisper
  • Toothpicks


  • 1 Plain Salmon Filet, skin attached


  1. Put the oven at 400°F and allow it to preheat while you cover your baking sheet with parchment (or prepare the crisper by lightly brushing olive oil over the grate to prevent sticking).
  2. Gently cut the skin away from the pink flesh of the filet.
  3. Check the skin for excess fat, bones and other nastiness. Rinse the skin if it’s necessary.
  4. Cut the skin into ½ to ¾ inch long pieces.
  5. Roll up each piece, it should make about four to six rolls, depending on the size of the filet. Don’t roll them too tightly to ensure enough air and heat get through the skin.
  6. Stick the salmon skin rolls with toothpicks so they hold together.
  7. Arrange the salmon on the baking sheet, laying each piece on its side. If using a crisper, allow one end of the toothpick to go into a hole to hold the piece of salmon in securely place.
  8. Put these in the oven for about 15 minutes or until cooked all the way through and crispy.
  9. Remove the salmon from the oven and let it cool to the touch so you don’t unintentionally burn your dog’s organs or throat.
  10. Take out the toothpicks and feed them to your dog.
  11. You can put these in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for a couple days. Allow them to get to room temperature before serving to the dog.

Why Is There Nothing Else Included within the Recipe?

There is no oil or fat in the recipe because it’s not necessary. The only oil you should use is if want to provide a barrier on a crisper. NEVER use cooking spray. The fat present within the salmon’s skin is plenty. As it cooks, it will bring the fat forth and onto the surface of the skin, making them delightfully crispy and crunchy.

About Dogs & Seasonings

Seasonings aren’t necessary for dogs in the same way as it is people; and why you should never offer restaurant-prepared salmon to your four-legged friend. There are simply far too many variables involved to safely give it to your dog.

The fish will be interesting enough on your pooch’s palette. However, if you’re preparing the filets yourself at home, you can sprinkle on a teaspoon of something like turmeric, parsley, dill or basil. But that’s it.  

Many commercial seasonings for fish are high in sodium and MSG, ingredients that are sure to cause harm to your dog. Never give a dog seasonings like salt, garlic, pepper or onions. Commercial preparations can destroy your dog’s stomach lining, digestive tract and increase the risk of heart problems.