There are thousands of people a month on Google asking, “can dogs eat seafood”. Seafood is a pretty broad term. While cooked white fish is excellent for your dog, other seafood, such as raw fish skin, can be quite dangerous for them.

Below we’ve compiled the answers to the top 40 Google searches regarding dogs eating seafood. In addition to researching what seafood dogs can and can’t eat, we’ve also written blog posts answering, “Can dogs eat…”:

A note on the answers below — when the answer is:

  • No – That means that the food is harmful or toxic to dogs.
  • Yes – That doesn’t mean you should feed your dog a diet exclusively of that food. Only that it is safe for dogs to consume, just not as its main food source.
  • A little bit – That means that if your pup snuck some of this food off of your plate, or ate it before you realized it, it should be ok in small quantities. You shouldn’t make it a habit of feeding dogs these foods regularly.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s find out what seafood your pup can and can’t eat.

Can Dogs Eat Anchovies

Yes

The healthy oils in anchovies provide Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) that are beneficial to your dog’s skin, coat, joints, and even heart.

Can Dogs Eat Calamari

A Little Bit

The high nutrient and mineral content of calamari makes it a great snack for dogs, but the way it is prepared often makes it unhealthy.

Can Dogs Eat Canned Salmon

A Little Bit

Opt for low-sodium canned salmon in water, to avoid excess salt or fats. Offer it only in small quantities.

Can Dogs Eat Canned Tuna

A Little Bit

Only offer high-quality tuna in water, and try to avoid excessive amounts because there is a risk of mercury poisoning.

Can Dogs Eat Catfish

Yes

Many commercial brands of dog food use catfish as a protein source, so it’s safe. Use boneless filets to ensure no bones get lodged in your dog’s throat.

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Can Dogs Eat Clams

Yes

Give your dog clams for a boost of omega-3, minerals, and a lot of protein for muscle health.

Can Dogs Eat Cod

Yes

Cod is a healthy choice to add to your dog’s diet as a source of protein and nutrition.

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Salmon

Yes

Salmon is a high-quality source of protein and omega-3. Add it to your dog’s diet for heart and skin health and to reduce inflammation overall.

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Shrimp

Yes

Well-cooked shrimp without added seasonings and butter is a nutritious and healthy addition to your pup’s diet.

Can Dogs Eat Crab Meat

A Little Bit

It’s generally safe to feed your dog crab meat in moderation, keeping in mind that they might be allergic to high iodine levels.

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Can Dogs Eat Crawfish

Yes

While it’s generally safe to give crawfish to dogs, some can’t handle digesting them. Avoid them if your dog has food sensitivities.

Can Dogs Eat Fish

Yes

Plain, fully cooked fish is a healthy staple to add to your dog’s diet. However, avoid fish types that tend to be high in mercury.

Can Dogs Eat Fish Bones

No

Never give your dog fish bones, as they are prone to breaking in their mouth and further along their digestive tract as well.

Can Dogs Eat Fish Skin (Cooked)

Yes

So long as you cook the fish skin thoroughly to kill harmful parasites and surface bacteria, it’s a healthy and nutritious option for your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Fish Skin (Raw)

No

Never feed your dog fish skins or flesh when it is raw because there is a risk of serious disease from surface parasites and bacteria.

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Can Dogs Eat Fish Sticks

A Little Bit

Fish sticks are safe for your dog to consume, but only offer them sparingly because commercial fish sticks do not provide much nutrition.

Can Dogs Eat Fried Fish

A Little Bit

Fish is a healthy food for your dog, but frying them adds an excessive amount of fats that can lead to obesity. Opt for boiled or steamed fish.

Can Dogs Eat Fried Shrimp

A Little Bit

Excess fats in fried shrimp make them an unhealthy option, so only offer your dog fried shrimp sparingly.

Can Dogs Eat Imitation Crab

A Little Bit

While safe for dogs, imitation crab meat is a mix of processed seafood and fillers with low nutritional value.

Can Dogs Eat Lobster

Yes

Lobster is a nutrient-rich option for your dogs, including healthy fats and minerals. Just make sure the shells are completely removed.

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Can Dogs Eat Mussels

Yes

Mussels are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can be a highly nutritious addition to your dog’s diet.

Can Dogs Eat Octopus

Yes

Octopus can help you add high-quality protein to your dog’s diet, especially because it is soft and dogs generally enjoy it.

Can Dogs Eat Oysters

Yes

Add oysters to dog food as an excellent source of essential minerals, protein, and healthy fats.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Fish

No

Do not give your dog any kind of raw fish to avoid the risk of infection or infestation from harmful parasites and bacteria.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Salmon

No

Raw salmon may contain Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which causes salmon poisoning so avoid giving it to your dog. Additionally, the bones are a choking hazard and cause digestive problems.

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Can Dogs Eat Raw Shrimp

No

Only serve your dog fully cooked shrimp because raw shrimp may contain harmful pathogens that will make your dog sick.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Tuna

No

Raw tuna is high in mercury and contains parasites and other microorganisms that are harmful to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Salmon

Yes

High-quality, fully cooked salmon is an excellent source of nutrients for your dog that help keep them healthy.

Can Dogs Eat Salmon Skin

A Little Bit

Fully cooked salmon skin is non-toxic but high in fat, so only offer it as a treat sparingly.

Can Dogs Eat Sardines

Yes

Choose high-quality sardines to offer your dog as a nutrient-rich healthy and delicious meal.

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Can Dogs Eat Scallops

Yes

Add fully cooked scallops to your dog’s meals for a boost in essential minerals and muscle-building protein.

Can Dogs Eat Seafood

Yes

Dogs can eat most seafood if it is fully cooked plainly without spices, fats, or other additives.

Can Dogs Eat Shellfish

Yes

Shellfish are nutrient-rich, full of protein, healthy omega-3 fats, and essential minerals. Be sure they are fully cooked before offering them to your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Shrimp

A Little Bit

Give your dog shrimp for a low-fat, low-carb, protein-rich meal. However, it tends to elevate cholesterol levels so offer it in moderation.

Can Dogs Eat Shrimp Shells

No

Although cooked shellfish are a healthy treat, the shells are a choking hazard, especially to smaller dog breeds.

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Can Dogs Eat Shrimp Tails

No

Shrimp tails contain nutrient-rich flesh that you can serve cooked to your dog. Be sure to get rid of the shells because they can get lodged in your dog’s throat.

Can Dogs Eat Smoked Salmon

No

Smoked salmon is not fully cooked, so there is a risk of infection from surface pathogens.

Can Dogs Eat Squid

Yes

Squid, like other nontoxic seafood that humans consume, is perfectly safe to feed your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Sushi

A Little Bit

Only occasionally offer moderate amounts of high-quality sushi to your dogs and try to avoid raw fish.

Can Dogs Eat Tilapia

Yes

Cook boneless, skinless fillets of Tilapia for your dog, without adding any spices or fats.

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Can Dogs Eat Tuna Fish

A Little Bit

Small amounts of tuna are safe for your dog, but mercury poisoning is a risk if you give them excessive quantities.

Can Dogs Eat Tuna In Water

A Little Bit

Canned tuna in water is safe to give your dog on occasion. Choose low-sodium options and avoid giving them too much to avoid mercury poisoning.

Can Dogs Eat Tuna Salad

No

Many of the ingredients in tuna salad (like onions and mayo) aren’t safe for dogs to eat, so avoid the tuna salad altogether.

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