Can dogs eat lobster?
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Can dogs have lobster?
A lobster is a large, sea-dwelling crustacean. They are somewhat of a delicacy for humans and come with quite a price tag.
The majority of owners wouldn’t consider feeding lobster to their dogs on a regular basis or in large quantities because of the cost, but if you have a particularly pampered pooch then maybe you’d like to feed them the occasional lobster meal.
It is more likely that you have treated yourself to some lobster and you’d like to share some with your dog. Lobster is safe for dogs to eat, providing it is only fed in moderation and has been properly prepared.
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How do I prepare lobster for my dog?
The lobster needs to be properly cooked by broiling, steaming, or boiling in a pan.
This will ensure any parasites or bacteria have been killed off and can’t be passed to your dog. You will then need to remove the shell before feeding any lobster meat to your dog.
Can dogs eat lobster shells?
No, lobster shells are not safe to feed to your dog. Lobster shells are incredibly hard and have sharp edges so they can damage your dog’s tongue, gums, and teeth as well as being a potential choking hazard.
Lobster shell should always be removed before you feed the lobster meat to your dog.
If your dog manages to swallow the lobster shell, there is a risk of causing a blockage or internal damage as it passes through the digestive tract.
The greater the amount of lobster shell that is swallowed, the higher the risk. Puppies and small dogs may also be at greater risk of internal injury.
If you have a bin-raider, ensure your dog cannot get the discarded lobster shell out of the trash!
If your dog swallows any amount of lobster shell, contact your vet for advice.
Can dogs eat lobster tails?
Yes, dogs can eat lobster tails in moderation. Just make sure they have been properly cooked and the shell has been removed.
Many people consider lobster tails to be the tastiest part of the lobster.
Is lobster good for dogs?
Like other seafood, lobster has many health benefits and it may be good for dogs in small amounts.
Here are some of the health benefits of lobster for dogs:
Protein is essential for growth and repair in your dog’s body.
Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and ensure a healthy brain, eye, and skin. Omega-3 fatty acids may also help to ease the pain of arthritis.
It contains a wealth of essential vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. These include vitamin B12, zinc, selenium, copper, magnesium, and choline.
Essential for a healthy immune system and nervous system, and to maintain normal biological processes within the body.
Lobster is surprisingly low in calories so can be fed to dogs on a weight management program without piling on the pounds.
Is lobster bad for dogs?
No, lobster is not bad for dogs as long as you follow a few simple guidelines:
Lobster can pose a risk to dogs if it is not properly prepared, so make sure you cook it thoroughly and remove the shell.
Never feed your dog raw lobster.
Lobster contains relatively high levels of sodium because it comes from the sea. Too much sodium can lead to kidney damage so it is important not to feed too much lobster (or other foods with high sodium content).
Signs that your dog has taken in too much sodium include extreme thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, high temperature, and seizures. You should contact your vet if you see any of these symptoms.
There is a chance that your dog could be allergic to seafood so it is important to monitor him the first time you feed him lobster and only feed a small amount.
Signs of seafood allergy include skin irritation or swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, or gastrointestinal discomfort. Contact your vet if you are concerned.
Seasonings. Very often we will season lobster with salt, pepper, herbs or sauces. Salt is not good for dogs and seasonings or sauces may contain onion or garlic which can cause health problems for dogs.
Hot or spicy seasonings may cause a stomach upset so it is best to feed lobster to your dog in its unseasoned state or use dog herbs and spices that you know are dog friendly – check out our guide to herbs and spices that dogs can eat, to be sure that you’re choosing safe options.
Lobster contains modest amounts of mercury. Mercury is found in all fish but some contain higher levels than others. Mercury can slowly build up in the body over time, leading to nervous system damage and other health problems.
For this reason, it is recommended that you do not feed your dog large amounts of lobster or feed it too regularly. If you feed your dog lobster only as an occasional treat then the risk of mercury poisoning is greatly reduced.
Lobster is relatively high in cholesterol so it is best avoided if your dog has to be on a low-fat diet for health reasons, for example, if they suffer from pancreatitis.
Conclusion- is lobster ok for dogs?
In conclusion, lobster is safe for dogs to eat provided it has been cooked properly and the shell has been removed. Lobster should be fed unseasoned and in small amounts, relative to the size of your dog.
Feeding lobster to your dog may even have some health benefits so next time you decide to treat yourself to a home-cooked lobster, there’s no need for your dog to miss out!
Of course, if your dog has any ongoing health conditions then it is a good idea to speak to your vet before introducing any new food.