An important question popped into your mind. Perhaps you were crafting shrimp tacos. They smelled fabulous. As you prepared the guacamole to top off your beautiful creation, you looked down and saw your cute canine. His eyes were wide. He was salivating, enthusiastically ready to join in eating.
But, you’re not sure…can dogs eat shrimp?
So, you Google the question and, hey, perhaps that is what led you to be right here – right now.
This article shares important knowledge about dogs eating shrimp, so you can feel relief and confidence about your dog’s health.
So…Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?
It’s always best to consult with your trusted veterinary professional first but, all in all, typically:
Dogs can eat shrimp.
However, it is important to know the “ifs” “buts” and “maybes” that are featured below. Because although most dogs can eat shrimp, it is important to limit the quantities and serve it properly.
What Types of Dogs Should NOT Eat Shrimp?
If served to your dog, shrimp should only be an occasional treat anyhow. One reason is that shrimp has high cholesterol, and it is best to maintain a diet low in this. (It’s why, alas, sometimes us humans are recommended to only eat a limited amount, too!)
However, there are some types of dogs that probably should not be eating any shrimp at all. These dogs that are usually recommended to stay away from shrimp include those:
- With diabetes
- Who are overweight
- Have a thyroid condition
- Have circulatory problems
Especially if your pup experiences any of the above, reach out to your trusted vet professional to seek their advice.
How to Serve Shrimp to Your Dog
Okay, you are going to give him some shrimp. The decision has been made! Now, it is important that any shrimp served to your dog is cooked.
Raw seafood can give them shellfish toxicity, which you definitely want to avoid. Toxic reactions related to seafood can lead to neurological symptoms and even paralysis. In addition, as with other raw meats, there may be bacteria that cause diseases like Listeria.
It’s similar reasons to why we humans cook most of our food, too.
So, just as you’d grill a steak or fry up that salmon, simply do the same for your dog!
Do NOT Do This When Cooking Shrimp for Your Dog
Be mindful of how the shrimp is cooked. Although shrimp sauteed in butter is delicious for you, that soaked-shrimp will be a fat overload for your pup that could result in digestion issues. In addition, onion and garlic are not good for your canine, so be sure to avoid these. This also includes avoiding the powder forms of onion and garlic.
This shrimp should also have been peeled and deveined. Why? The external skin can get lodged and become a choking hazard.
The easiest and most ideal way is to buy frozen shrimp. If you do get shrimp fresh and raw, just make sure those shells and veins are gone.
Can Dogs Be Allergic to Shrimp?
It is important to know that some dogs have allergies or intolerances toward shrimp.
A one-time reaction may just be due to undercooked shrimp; however, if they always have a reaction, such as getting irritated skin or experiencing canine vomiting, it could be a reaction. Should such symptoms persist, cut out the shrimp to see if it goes away.
This is why it is recommended to start by giving your dog just one piece of cooked shrimp. See how they react before proceeding with anymore.
Do Shrimp Have Health Benefits for Dogs?
There are some benefits to dogs eating shrimp! For example, shrimp:
- Is a lean source of protein
- Has Vitamin B3, which is good for heart health
- Has a variety of minerals like copper, choline and phosphorus
- Contains antioxidants that are good for supporting canines’ immune systems
- Has an antioxidant pigment thought to help prevent chronic diseases
So, indeed, a limited amount of shrimp can be a fun treat and add some extra nutrition to your pup’s diet.
If Shrimp Does Somehow Get Stuck In Their Throat…
You want to be prepared. It’s a really scary thought, but it’s important to know what to do at that moment. Again, consult with your vet professional but do have in mind – How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver on Dogs.