No, it is not advisable for dogs to eat sushi.
Sushi is a popular Japanese dish consisting of seafood, vinegared rice, sugar, salt, chopped vegetables, and nori (dried sheets of seaweed). Seafood used for sushi may include cooked or raw fish such as salmon and tuna, or even imitation crab meat. Other sushi varieties even make use of cream cheese or seasonal fruits.
Not all the aforementioned ingredients are safe for dog consumption, so it’s best to avoid letting your dog try sushi. Because its main ingredient may be uncooked, the sushi may contain harmful organisms such as salmonella, listeria, and tapeworm.
What to do if your dog accidentally eats sushi: Find out all the ingredients used to prepare the sushi. If it contains any potentially dangerous ingredients, speak with your veterinarian immediately.
Aside from the risk of eating raw seafood, salted nori sheets used to wrap the bite-sized dish may affect his thyroid. Meanwhile, the vinegar mixed into the rice can also cause stomach upset. Similarly, sushi dipped in soy sauce or wasabi may also cause unwanted gastrointestinal conditions.
If you suspect that your dog swiped a piece of sushi from your dining table, watch him for signs of poisoning. These may manifest as nausea, drooling, diarrhea, vomiting, pale gums, tremors, and convulsions. He may also exhibit agitation, abnormal heart rate, difficulty in breathing, and unsteadiness on feet.
In summary: There are many risks involved in feeding sushi to your dog, so it is best not to let him try it and get used to it. If you really want to give him something that resembles sushi, just treat him to a handmade ball of cooked rice with unseasoned cooked fish.
Explore our “can dogs eat” category to discover which other human foods your pet dog can safely consume.