Can Dogs Eat Shrimp Tails? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

Plainly-cooked shrimp is not considered toxic to dogs. One nutritional benefit that shrimp tails and other parts of the shrimp shell may provide is glucosamine, a popular supplement to alleviate pain caused by joint diseases like hip dysplasia and arthritis.

Don’t just let your dog eat any shrimp tail though. There are a few safety hazards that you first need to be aware of. First, we would never recommend letting your dog eat raw shrimp tails. This also applies to any other shellfish. Raw shrimps may still contain harmful bacteria and viruses that can lead to illness.

Second, some dogs may have allergies to shellfish. This is one reason why we would limit the amount of human food you allow your dog to eat. Dogs that do have seafood allergy may exhibit symptoms like excessive itching and vomiting. In some cases, symptoms can be more severe so you need to be very careful about this.

Third, shrimp tails could pose a choking hazard, especially for smaller-breed dogs or puppies. You shouldn’t treat shrimp tail as part of a dog’s regular meal. Last but not least, any prawns (cooked) your dog eats should always be plainly-cooked (any method that doesn’t involve frying) without any seasoning.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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