Can Dogs Eat Cooked Shrimp?

As a dog, I will try to eat everything you put in front of me. I will even try to eat everything that is put in front of you.

Human food always smells delicious, but maybe this is because it is forbidden fruit for me, and I must eat my kibbles.

Either way I want it. But sometimes, my human chooses not to share their delicious snacks with me and I do not understand why.

This is why I have done my research, and found out whether us doggies can eat the same foods as our owners, and why not!

One of the most popular questions I get asked is whether dogs can eat shrimp. Whilst we will try to eat anything, sometimes it is best for us to avoid certain delicious foods.

Trust me, I am still mad about the chocolate situation. That being said, there are some human foods that you would be barking mad not to share with us, and I am here to tell you which ones you can! Woof!

Can dogs eat cooked shrimp?

If you ask a dog if they can eat anything, our answer will most likely be yes! We love to share food with our owners, and we especially like a taste of their human foods along with our kibbles. Luckily, I am a clever doggie, and a good boy, and I will tell you the truth about whether dogs can eat cooked shrimp.

The answer is yes! We can! These delicious seafoods can actually be very healthy for us, and can provide a range of health benefits when consumed in moderation.

You just have to make sure that it is cooked shrimp, and not raw, as raw, uncooked shellfish can contain harmful bacteria and pathogens that may hurt our bellies. In addition, we do not have thumbs, so if you could remove the shells and tails for us, then that would be grrrr-eat.

This is because the shells from this type of seafood can become a choking hazard for us, and can be lodged in our throats and stomachs, which can cause gastrointestinal issues, and can make it hard for us to breathe.

I should also point out that although it smells absolutely delicious, and my mouth will be watering, you should not give me or any of my furry friends fried or breaded cooked shrimp as these can be very oily and fatty for my body to handle.

Steamed and cooked shrimp is the best option, and I guarantee your canine companions will thank you for it.

Is shrimp poisonous to dogs?

Cooked shrimp is not actually poisonous for dogs, and even contains some wonderful nutrients to keep our bodies healthy and strong.

These nutrients include vitamin B12, niacin, anti-oxidants and phosphorus, which are all great for building a healthy body and immune system!

In conjunction, all of these vitamins and nutrients work to create good enzyme functions, energy production, blood circulation, and healthy bones and fat production!

That being said, you will want to avoid giving us furry friends any raw, uncooked shrimp as this comes loaded with bacteria that could give your dog shellfish poisoning or toxicity.

Shrimp, and any other shellfish can be very dangerous to eat when not cooked properly, and the same goes for you humans, so make sure that it is cooked to the proper temperature before sharing it with us, please!

Our stomachs are very delicate and sensitive to many human foods, which can end up with us being poisoned or suffering from toxic shock.

In addition, I should remind you that shrimp is okay for us to eat, as long as it is only given in small amounts and quantities.

Although I may beg for more, you should remember to only give a little, as shrimp is very high in cholesterol, which can be harmful for us doggies and to our cardiovascular system if eaten in large quantities!

What happens when a dog eats shrimp?

You may be wondering what would happen if you give one of us a cooked shrimp, and in most cases, I would probably do the zoomies, as they are delicious!

But, most of the time, nothing will happen if you feed us a little shrimp in moderation. If you do feed us a little too much shrimp, then this can cause some upset in our gastrointestinal systems, which can result in bad reactions such as vomiting, gas or diarrhea.

If you do start to notice your doggie becoming unwell after eating shrimp, then it is probably best not to give it to us again, as we could have an allergy or an intolerance to them!

Also, if your dog seems to show signs that they have become seriously unwell, or are experiencing some stomach pain, then it is best to take them to the veterinarian, as with stomach pain, they will not be able to have any belly rubs!

As with most foods that you wish to share with us, moderation is key. One or two pieces of cooked shrimp is fine for us to eat, but any more can lead to sickness. In addition, especially if your pet is a smaller pup like me, you may want to chop up the shrimp for us, so that it is easier for us to eat!

If you have any concerns about your pup’s health, before or after consuming shrimp, then it is probably best that you consult a professional, or that you take them to the veterinarian for examination, and to make them feel much better!


To summarise, you may be wondering if you can share your favorite foods with your furry friends.

Good news for you, and for me, you can share cooked shrimp with us! Just remember to feed us only a few cooked shrimps in moderation, and be wary of any signs that we could be allergic or have an aversion to the foods, and your canine companion will be fine.