Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?

If you have a taste for shrimp, you might wonder whether it is okay or not to give shrimp to your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?

The short answer would be yes, dogs can eat shrimp, however there are some additional things you need to know before adding shrimp to your dog’s diet.

Dogs Can Only Eat Thoroughly Cooked Shrimp

Because raw shrimp can contain bacteria, never give your dog raw shrimp. However, while cooking the shrimp, do not use a lot of seasoning. A lot of seasoning can be extremely dangerous for dogs. Salt, for an example, can be lethal for dogs.

Peel and Devein the Shrimp First

can-dogs-eat-shrimpAlso, as unpeeled shrimp can be dangerous for dogs to eat, it’s important to peel the shrimp before giving it to your dog.

Don’t worry, though, peeling a shrimp is not as difficult as it might sound. It’s recommended to peel the shrimp after it’s done cooking as keeping the shell on the shrimp during cooking keeps the juices in and therefor enhances the flavor.

To peel a shrimp, pull off its head, legs, tail and the shell. To pull off the shell in one piece, slip your fingers under the shell at the head end and gently pull the shell away. It’s also recommended to remove the veins. The veins, though, are recommended to remove before cooking. To remove the veins, use scissors or a knife to make a slit along the shrimp’s back and gently pull out the veins with your fingers.

An Excessive Amount of Shrimp Is Not Good for Dogs

While dogs can eat thoroughly cooked shrimp, they should never be fed an excessive amount of shrimp at once. For one, according to the ASPCA , you shouldn’t make sudden changes to your dog’s diet as it’s likely to upset your dog’s digestive system. For two, while shrimp contain a lot of heart-healthy omega-3 fats and other valuable nutrients, they are also high in cholesterol, and it’s not healthy for dogs to eat large amounts of foods high in cholesterol.

In conclusion, while dogs can eat shrimp, remember to fully cook the shrimp before giving it your dog. Also, peel and devein the shrimp, do not use a lot of seasoning, and never let your dog eat a large amount of shrimp at once.


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