Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?

Yes, they can. Not only is shrimp totally okay for dogs to eat, but it is a healthy treat that your dog may enjoy. 

We’ve all wanted to share bits of dinner with the family pup. Who can resist such a cute face? Even when they’re begging under the table, it’s hard to say no to your furry friend. When you cook up some shrimp for dinner, don’t be shy about giving a few pieces to man’s best friend. Just make sure you’ve cooked the shrimp first and removed the shells. 

Additionally, prep the shrimp the same way you would for yourself and devein it before feeding it to your dog. If you want to help your dog eat the shrimp and you have a small or toy breed, try cutting the shrimp into pieces. It might be easier for them to swallow without worrying that the shrimp will get stuck in their throat. If you are enjoying this article, check out our article on the best dog food for Newfoundlands.

How Much Shrimp Can My Dog Eat?

You should save it for the occasional treat. Shrimp are high in cholesterol, so eating a lot of shrimp, or eating it often, can raise your dog’s cholesterol levels into unhealthy ranges. In moderation, however, shrimp is a tasty treat with great benefits. The amount you feed your dog is based upon your dog’s overall size. A few pieces should be sufficient!

Always keep in mind that dogs will not react uniformly to shrimp ingestion. Your dog may not like it or may even be allergic! Ask your dog’s veterinarian first before making any regular changes to your pooch’s diet. A few shrimp once in a while at dinner might be okay, but you should always check before making a permanent change and consistently add shrimp, or other shellfish, to your dog’s diet. 

Can Dogs Eat Raw Shrimp?

Nope! The same way we wouldn’t eat uncooked shellfish, your dog shouldn’t either. Raw shellfish contain many harmful bacteria and pathogens, which can have a very negative effect on both you and your pup. Your dog can contract Salmonella or Listeria from undercooked shellfish, which are bad diseases and require immediate medical treatment. Make sure you only give your dog thoroughly cooked shrimp. If you think Fido has gotten into some raw shrimp, contact your veterinarian at once!

Additionally, shrimp shells can be a choking hazard or throat obstruction for your dog, especially in small or toy breeds. Check your shrimp to ensure the shells have been thoroughly removed before handing them off to your pup. Shrimp tails and shells are made of chitosan, which is very difficult to digest and can tear the sensitive, thin walls of your pup’s intestines. Even if they don’t, they can easily become stuck in there and cause intestinal blockage, which is also super harmful. 

Also, be sure to monitor the spice level! We don’t usually just eat plain, cooked shrimp for a meal, but some of the spices and oils you and your family find tasty can be bad for your dog. Steamed shrimp is the best way to cook it if you plan to share with your pooch; frying shrimp soaks it in oils and breaded shrimp often contains seasonings that could upset your pup’s tummy. If you are enjoying this article, check out our article on the best dog food for grey hounds.

What Are The Benefits Of Shrimp For Dogs?

Your pooch needs lots of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy and some of those important nutrients can be found in shrimp. Vitamin B12 helps the metabolism and intestinal well-being. Vitamin B3 helps in lots of ways, including circulation, energy, and fat production. Phosphorus keeps bones healthy. 

In addition to these benefits, shrimp are low in calories and carbs, which means they’re fine for dogs on a diet. The only downside? Shrimp are high in cholesterol so too many shrimp can be harmful to your dog’s arteries. So, offer your dog a couple of pieces, or even just one piece if you have a small dog. 

Is My Dog Allergic To Shrimp?

Food accounts for ten percent of all dog allergies, so you should always closely monitor your pup when feeding them something new. Although most dogs aren’t allergic to shrimp, there are some definitive symptoms you should watch out for when you feed your dog shrimp for the first time. It will likely manifest as diarrhea, excessive gas, or, in rare cases, anaphylactic shock. In the last case, take your pet immediately to the emergency room for treatment. 

Seafood is tricky for our canine friends in general. Both fish and shellfish carry many toxins and bacteria when not properly cooked and both shells and small bones can be problematic choking hazards. And that’s not counting the possibility of allergies. Be cautious when trying new foods with your pup and you’ll both enjoy dinner time a lot more! If you are enjoying this article, check out our article on the best dog food for morkies.


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