Can You Feed Dogs Seafood?

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Can You Feed Dogs Seafood

The short answer is that dogs can eat some types of seafood, but it all depends on the species, and the method of preparation. Unsurprisingly, dogs do best with fish, whereas clams, shellfish, shrimps and other aquatic critters usually come with a set of warnings before serving.

Risks of Feeding Seafood to Dogs

In some cases, the risks can outweigh the benefits. Not all seafood is rich in nutrients needed in a dog’s diet, and some of them can even be harmful to your pooch.

  • Presence of toxins, heavy metals, and other pollutants
  • Commercial pet foods with fish can contain harmful preservatives
  • Risk of contracting bacteria, such as salmonella and listeria, as well as parasites, such as roundwords and tapeworms (if raw or not cooked properly, especially in farmed fish)
  • Possible allergic reactions
  • Risk of thiamine deficiency
  • Bones, shells, and scales can cause choking and intestinal blockage

Seafood You Should Avoid

  • Tuna – Even though it is quite tasty, fresh tuna contains the highest levels of mercury.
  • Fish Oil – Because of high levels of pollution in our oceans, fish oil can contain arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and lead, all of which can lead to canine cancer.
  • Sushi – Depending on the preparation process, sushi can contain a lot of ingredients that are not safe or recommended for dog consumption, such as avocado or rice vinegar.
  • Scallops – A teensy bite of clams, scallops or oysters (presuming they were cooked) won’t kill your dog.

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