Is Cooked Shrimp OK for Dogs?

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Everyone with a dog knows the danger of the puppy eyes, especially when you're eating. Some people food is good in moderation, but shrimp and other shellfish (including lobster!) is perfectly fine for your pet to eat.


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A little bit of cooked shrimp is fine!

Seafood and Safety

According to the American Kennel Club, 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.


Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, from the Animal Medical Center in New York, says other seafood, like fish, are extremely beneficial to your dog. "Fish can form the basis for a healthy and nutritious diet for your dog," Hohenhaus said. "Not only can you cook up a fresh piece of fish for your furry friend, there are also are many complete and balanced fish-based dog foods on the market."

Be careful with bones, even though there are plenty of stories of people serving their dogs fish with bones and having no problems. The American Kennel Club advises that fish bones are small and brittle and can pose a danger, so remove bones before cooking anything for your pup.


The puppy eyes are back! Remember to stay away from seasonings if you give your pups people food!
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Remember, No Seasoning!

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. Also whenever giving your dog people food, stay away from including macadamia nuts, raisins, walnuts and chocolate. Check out this complete list of toxic foods from the Humane Society to be sure.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.