The short answer: Yes and no.
The long answer: Dogs can eat shrimp as long as they’re cooked and served without any oil, fat, condiments, and seasonings. Never serve raw shrimp to your dog because these may carry intestinal parasites and/or bacteria such as E.Coli, salmonella, and listeria which may infect your four-legged friend (and may even be transmitted to you!). Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Also, take note that some dogs may be allergic to shrimp. Start out by feeding him one piece and observe his body’s reaction to it.
How to feed shrimp to your dog: Serve it boiled, steamed, baked, or grilled. To prevent choking, always remove the shell and tail before letting your dog eat the freshly cooked shellfish.
Here are three ideas for shrimp treats your dog will love:
- Serve it fresh off the grill. Make your dog perform a trick and give it to him as a reward.
- Chop a few pieces of shrimp and mix it with your dog’s regular meal.
- Cook a small batch of broccoli and shrimp for your pup to enjoy! The contrast of flavors and textures will be a unique experience for him.
In summary: Plump, cooked shrimp can be enjoyed by your pet as a healthy snack! It is an amazing source of protein (provides energy), selenium (prevents cardiovascular disease), and vitamin B12 (increases red blood cell production). Discover which human food dogs can safely eat in our “can dogs eat” category.
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