Can I Give My Dog Sushi?

Can I Give My Dog Sushi?Many people love sushi. So, the question of feeding some to a dog should be addressed. Of course, the answer isn’t quite as simple as yes or no. We will do our best.

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Sushi is expensive. Just from a cost perspective, you may want to save this indulgence for yourself. It’s an expensive treat for a pet dog. Never mind, let’s answer this!

As with any raw food, be careful of bacteria and parasites. Sushi, particularly if it’s no longer fresh, is dangerous for anyone including a beloved dog.

Can I Give My Dog Sushi? Answer: Yes, fresh sushi & exclude some ingredients

Be cautious and throw away leftovers if it’s possibly spoiled.

Sharing a bit of fresh sushi with a dog should be okay. This is assuming you know all of the ingredients. Most sushi is simply rolled-up cooked rice with raw fish and/or vegetables. Sliced cucumbers and seaweed is common, but egg is also used. Some ingredients in some sushi varieties are off limits for dogs.

There’s an excellent grain-free seafood dog chow which is much more economical and safer too!

Avocados in Sushi

Most store-bought sushi contains a bit of avocado which is very healthy for humans. Some would argue this fruit is harmful for dogs. It’s debatable because of a toxin present called persin.

In truth, this really is not a sushi factor for Fido. It usually takes large amounts of avocado to do harm to dogs.

Sushi with Spices

Do to its popularity, there are many innovative sushi recipes. Japanese style is the original. Asians, but also westerners, incorporate wasabi into their sushi meals. Obviously, dogs should not partake.

For example, Thai-style sushi is usually spicy and contains garlic. These questionable ingredients probably aren’t good for your pet dog and are best avoided. Play it safe.

Symptoms & Sicknesses

Maybe you came here worried that your dog is sick after eating some sushi. This often occurs when a curious canine chows down for the very first time.

As is the case with many new foods, and especially sushi, gastrointestinal problems may surface including diarrhea, loose stools, upset stomach and vomiting.

Most times, dogs will experience such symptoms for a short time. They usually recover on their own. They’re quite good at purging their systems. Spoiled sushi, however, could be a serious cause for concern.

Hydration & Other Help

Never give a dog human foods that you would not eat. For sushi, this approach is even more important for your dog’s sake. No matter the reason for sickness, provide plenty of fresh water to avoid dehydration.

Bring your dog to a trusted veterinarian if they are sick or getting worse. Consumption of contaminated or rotten raw foods is sometimes serious. Bacteria and/or parasites may overwhelm their body.

Conclusion on Sushi

Giving a small amount of sushi to a pet dog is usually harmless. Be sure to only feed the kinds that do not contain avocados, spices or other questionable ingredients. Never provide oldish leftover sushi to a dog. Doing so is a recipe for doggie disaster. Sushi often has raw seafood that can quickly spoil and sicken any dog.

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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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