Can Dogs Eat Shrimp? Canine’s & Crustaceans
It is safe to feed your dog shrimp as long as you follow some basic guidance:
1. Cook thoroughly before feeding it to your dog.
Raw shrimp can contain the potentially deadly bacteria Clostridium botulinum type C, along with other potentially dangerous pathogens. Any shrimp that you give to your pup must be thoroughly cooked to be safe for consumption.
2. Make sure you remove all shells and legs before feeding to your dog.
They may seem flimsy, but shrimp shells have been known to cause lacerations in the intestinal tract of canines, which can lead to serious health issues.
Intestinal blockage and choking are a special concern as well. This is especially true in small canine breeds.
3. Try a very small quantity first.
Although very rare, as with humans, some canines do have shellfish allergies which make shrimp a potentially fatal food in those cases. If you are feeding your pup any crustacean for the first time, give them a very small quantity and keep an eye on them for a few hours to be on the safe side.
If after consuming shrimp they show any symptoms such as shortness of breath, swollen tongue or lips, vomiting or diarrhea, take your dog to the veterinarian right away. Although very rare, it is good to keep an eye out for these symptoms as they could constitute an emergency.
Can Dogs Eat Shrimp & Is It Good For Them?
There are several health benefits to shrimp, and they can be a healthy addition to a dogs diet if added in moderation. They contain high amounts of phosphorous, niacin and vitamin B12. They are also high in protein and low in fat.
However, they are also high in cholesterol pound for pound, making them a poor choice to serve in large quantities or too regularly. If you want to add shrimp to your pooches diet on a regular basis, you should do so in consultation with your veterinarian.
Fish and shrimp in processed dog food
Although not a top concern among the mainstream of veterinarians, holistic vets have long been advising of potential health problems associated with regularly feeding processed dog food containing fish and/or shrimp meal.
The issue of eating too much seafood for humans is well known, and particular caution is recommended for pregnant women. The primary concern is aimed at the relatively high levels of mercury in seafood which can accumulate to toxic levels in the body over time.
In addition, when some seafood is processed, the preservative ethoxyquin is used. This preservative is not always declared on the ingredient list because it is added to some seafood prior to processing into pet food. It is a known carcinogen, and some dogs have shown particular sensitivity to this preservative.
The controversies surrounding feeding pet foods containing fish or shrimp meal concerns feeding products containing these ingredients over the long term. Adding these ingredients occasionally is very unlikely to present any health problems for your dog.