Can dogs eat shrimp

Can dogs eat shrimp? I am thinking of getting one and I was wondering if it was ok for the dogs to eat it? They ate it in the store and they were the most docile dogs I have ever seen!

Thank you for the great help and info! You can't beat that!


Hi Pam

This is a tough one, especially for dogs who have never eaten anything that is actually alive. For many it will come down to their dog not handling or tasting their food. For the rest it can get more complex.

In Australia they allow dogs to eat and enjoy most types of seafood, including shrimp, because of its health benefits. Most dogs do very well with the oily, nutritious and low-calorie food.

However, you need to do plenty of research first and make sure the type of shrimp is suitable for dogs. The American Kennel Club (AKC) states that "Shrimp or crayfish may be fed to all dogs in limited quantities." It also says "shrimp are commonly eaten by some breeds, particularly large, strong breeds like the Chow Chow, Pug, Lhasa Apso and St. Bernard."

Shrimp and crayfish are sometimes described as "sea worms." The "sea worms" can be eaten by dogs, but it should be limited to about one shrimp or crayfish per pound of body weight.

So if you have been advised to feed them, make sure you do, but also make sure they are not getting a lot of the toxic shell, since that is what is causing all the problems for dogs. Read up on those specific problems, too, before you actually try it.

Thanks a lot for the info, they are both my husbands dogs and they love anything we can put in their tummy. Even if it was not alive they seem to love it just the same. They love to eat anything they can, just my little girl is very picky. She eats dog food, fish, ground up cat food, and a lot of other things, her favorite is ground up chicken because we never even thought about them before she got pregnant. She has a new found love for shrimp. She will eat 1 shrimp a week and sometimes 2 if it is small. That is how I know she loves shrimp. Thanks again.

I've had no trouble eating shrimp in my diet for 5 years, but I have a friend who had bad experience with it, and she had seizures the very first time she tried it. Luckily her doctor was aware of it and switched her diet. If you do try it, I'd say do it gradually, as other types of seafood have bad affects on a dog's liver, so make sure you buy from a trustworthy company. :)

Hi, I have a 7 year old chocolate lab I adopted 4 months ago from my local SPCA. I've been feeding him all his life &, only gave him chicken baby food starting at 3 months. I know it's best to feed a puppy on natural food since it will have a better immune system. He's always had healthy weight &, I don't see any difference when he eats the natural food. He was recently tested &, has a normal immune system. For the price it's great but I'm wondering if there are any negative affects when he eats this food. What are your suggestions? Thank you.

We found that our 2 dogs that eat Chicken and Turkey Baby food and Salmon are happier and don't poop as much as they did before we changed our diets. They now weigh better and are much more energetic. Thanks for the recipe, it's perfect.

I know everyone else has said that, but i want to throw this out there.

I have had all 3 dogs on this food for months now and have seen NO change in any health factor. The only thing that I have noticed is that my 2 dogs (who are usually very hyper and arent used to the food) arent hyper at all anymore.

Do you feel it may be the dog? I never would have thought it would change their behavior like that...

As for weight gain, I know it's a very common problem. You would have to have a very large dog, to see any results in weight loss. However the first 6-12 weeks are often the hardest time. The dogs are more on the low-carb diet and are losing body fat.

It was my understanding that this food is meant to be used for dogs for a long term diet, and was just looking for a dog to use it on. If a dog is on it for 6 months to a year, then I would think that it would have an affect. I'm not looking to be told that there is no effect. I'm just saying that I have not seen it. I did get them when it was new and had the same experience.

Thanks for letting me get my point out there. I guess I have had all 3 dogs on it for 3-6 months, so I think I may have had the 6-12 weeks to see an effect.

I also have to add that I haven't noticed any change in energy level or in how they use their time.

As for hyper, I didn't mean it in a negative way. I'm just saying that because the food isn't full of processed junk (like others) that I wouldn't have expected any change. I was just trying to say that I wasn't exactly sure what would be happening to them.

I haven't tried the grain free food with the chicken. Would you recommend that one, too?

As for the chicken and rice, I had to give it a pass. I didn't want to be giving them the chicken and rice to begin with. Also, when I added the chicken and rice back in, I only added 1/4 cup per meal.

I'm looking forward to trying the grain free food with chicken. Is that one any different than the chicken with rice? I was going to try it, but since they can have just the rice and I was worried about getting sick from it, I have just given them the rice with no chicken.

As for the grains, it depends on the grain. For the dog I had on the grain free (and the chicken) that I just got from them, it was oats.

Thank you so much for your help, I hope you can help me and others with this.

Since dog #1 had been on this food for about 3 months now, I wanted to know if there was any change in his behavior. I

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