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Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?
Yes, your dog can eat shrimp, but it must always be steamed/boiled shrimp. It’s very important that your dog doesn’t eat raw shrimp or other raw seafood because raw seafood contains bacteria that will be killed when you cook the shrimp properly.
Can retrievers eat shrimp? In this blog, you can find out everything you need to know about feeding your dog shrimp or prawns whether your dog belongs to one of the retriever breeds or is another type of dog. As dog parents you always want what’s best voor your pup.
Despite that shrimps or prawns are tasty for both humans and dogs alike, if you feed your dog steamed or boiled shrimp, don’t give him or her too much and not too often. Give shrimp to your pup as an occasional treat, not daily or as a big or main meal. Cooked shrimp is OK, but be careful with using too much oil or butter; that’s not good for dogs, so serving your pup steamed/ boiled shrimp is best for your dog.
Just like us humans, dogs can also be allergic or intolerant to shrimp as well. So if you feed your pup shrimp for the first time, make sure you pay close attention to how he or she reacts to it. The same goes for other kinds of (human) food as well. When a dog has an allergic reaction, in most cases, it causes irritations to the skin, which can result in your dog itching a lot. If that happens, stop feeding your dog that type of food, and if the irritation doesn’t go away, contact your local vet.
Also, if your dog is allergic or sensitive to shrimp or other kinds of seafood, it can result in your dog having diarrhea, vomiting, gas, or an upset stomach. In this case, stop feeding your dog the shrimp and see if the sickness goes away. If the shrimp is cooked improperly or is contaminated, it can also give this kind of bad reaction.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Shrimp?
No, never feed your dog raw shrimp. It’s the same for us humans. Raw shrimp, prawns or other seafood contain bacteria which can make you as well as your dog sick. Most of these bacteria are killed when you steam/boil or cook the shrimp.
Sometimes, although it’s very rare, some shrimp, seafood, or shellfish can have toxic remains that are not destroyed by cooking, steaming, or boiling. This can cause food poisoning, which can result in dangerous reactions like neurological problems, paralysis, or serious stomach problems. If that occurs, go to your vet immediately.
So if your dog isn’t allergic to shrimp he or she can eat steamed/ boiled shrimp in small, limited quantities such as half a cup of steamed shrimp once per week or add the steamed shrimp in small pieces to your pup’s dog food to make the meal even more delicious. It can be a tasty treat for your dog as well as nutritious. Always serve the steamed shrimp plain. No sauce, garlic, or seasonings because that’s bad for your dog’s health.