Is Cooked Shrimp OK for Dogs?

By Maya Marin

If you've ever had a sweet doggie in your life, then you know all too well what typically takes place during mealtime. Essentially, the cuties "beg" for a tasting using their huge, limpid eyes. However, in some cases, a small sampling of shrimp may be completely harmless to your pet.


According to the ASPCA, a small and controlled taste of shrimp, as long as it is fully cooked, is not dangerous to dogs. The same also applies to other forms of shellfish, including lobster. As long as you don't allow your doggie free access to a big batch of cooked shrimp, he should be A-OK.

Dietary Changes

The ASPCA notes that sudden diet changes are one of the main culprits behind stomach upset in dogs. Because of this, certain canines may experience some problems with eating cooked shrimp. Keep your eyes peeled for any indications that shrimp may not be the greatest idea for your fluff ball's digestive system, including stomach pain, diarrhea and throwing up. If your pet displays any of these symptoms -- and they seem especially lingering or severe -- do not hesitate to notify your veterinarian of the situation.


If you do indeed plan on offering your doggie cooked shrimp as a rare treat or reward, make sure to keep it plain as can be. A lot of seasonings can be potentially problematic for canines, so exercise your finest caution. For example, butter contains milk, and a lot of dogs don't digest lactose very effectively. Also, salt can be toxic to dogs, so make sure the crustaceans are totally free of it. Not to mention, spices such as paprika can often lead to stomachache and vomiting in doggies -- no fun at all.

Dangerous "Human" Foods

Although an occasional small snack of cooked shrimp may not be a big deal for your pet, that doesn't mean that all other "human foods" are a bright idea, either. Before ever allowing your dog to eat something made for people, make sure you know your facts. Consult your veterinarian if you are ever unsure about something. The Humane Society of the United States mentions a wide array of different foods as being potentially toxic to canines, including macadamia nuts, raisins, walnuts and chocolate.

About the Author
Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.