Can I Give My Dog Oysters?

Can I Give My Dog Oysters?It’s usually uneventful to feed your dog oysters assuming they aren’t allergic. But there are a few other caveats to consider before feeding Fido this seafood.

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Fried oysters are a bad choice for a dog regardless of any possibility of allergies. Steamed is a much better way to serve this succulent salt water species.

We’ll also touch on other downsides for dogs concerning oyster eating. In general though, they’re okay but be sure to closely watch your furry friend afterwards.

Can I Give My Dog Oysters? Answer: Yes, but moderation and not fried

There usually isn’t a problem sharing this seafood with a four-legged friend.

Too much of anything newly introduced into your dog’s diet, perhaps oysters especially, can easily cause a bout of diarrhea. It’s best to limit sharing to a few oysters only and prepare this seafood in a healthy way. This applies to mussels, winkles, scallops and other types of sea snails.

In any case, our opinion is that dogs really shouldn’t be eating raw oysters (for safety’s sake) as well as fried oysters (for maintaining a happy and healthy hound).

Not Toxic – Not Terrific

Toxicity from a dog eating a portion of freshly cooked oysters is not a common occurrence. The key is to closely monitor your best buddy for signs that they don’t agree with oysters.

Most dogs are not allergic to seafood but you can’t know until adverse reactions begin to show up. It is more likely that oysters may not sit well with your pet pooch’s stomach.

Sometimes erring on the side of caution with certain foods is prudent. With so many other delicious options, perhaps sharing oysters is not the greatest idea.

Protein Packed Oysters

Some may view oysters as a great food for a dog due to the nutrients they contain. Fair enough. Much like fish, they do offer lots of protein which seems like a great fit for dogs. There’s truth to that.

It’s also true that you can add protein in many other more conventional ways. It’s not advisable to rely on oysters as a way to provide the protein that your pet dog needs to thrive.

A Potential Precaution

As if we didn’t raise enough doubts about oysters and dogs, there is another possible reason to rethink this food. The verdict is out if this concerning canine caveat is prevalent or rare. Here goes…

Dinoflagellates are a type of algae in oysters that can be a sort of toxin. The worst part is there’s no way to know if your seafood supply contains this harmful element or not.

Because cooking oysters does not help in this regard, it’s yet another reason to be cautious when it comes to the well-being of your precious dog.

Conclusion on Oysters

You can feed a dog oysters but know what can go wrong. Diarrhea is the most likely side effect, though allergies aren’t out of the question either. Dogs can also be affected by harmful Dinoflagellates which may be present in oysters. If you do share then steamed, not fried!

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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