Can I Give My Dog Sushi?

Can I Give My Dog Sushi?Many people, including dog owners, have come to love eating sushi. It has become more popular over the years so the question of feeding a dog some sushi needs to be addressed. Of course, the answer isn’t as simple as yes or no but we’ll do our best.

At first glance it would seem to be an illogical idea because sushi can be quite expensive. It’s reasonable, just from a cost perspective, to want to save this special indulgence for yourself. Sure, in general, the price of sushi has come down but it remains an expensive treat for a dog.

More importantly, and as with any raw food, you must be mindful of bacteria and parasites. Sushi that’s no longer fresh can be dangerous for anyone including dogs. In this sense, it’s almost more important to consider the real reasons for wanting to feed sushi to your dog rather than the actual merits of the food itself.

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

You also have to be cautious and throw away sushi if it has even the slightest chance of being spoiled.

If you can afford to occasionally share your fresh sushi with your dog then it should be okay assuming you know what’s actually in it. Most sushi is simply rolled-up cooked rice with raw fish and/or vegetables such as finely sliced cucumbers and seaweed. Sometimes it contains other foods like egg. But there are some ingredients found in some sushi varieties that are off limits for pet dogs.

There’s an excellent grain-free seafood dog chow which is much more economical.

Avocados in Sushi

Most store-bought sushi contains avocado which is obviously very healthy for humans. Some people argue that this fruit is harmful for dogs. Many will hotly debate this due a toxin called persin. In truth, this really isn’t a factor because it usually takes large amounts of avocado to do harm to dogs.

Sushi with Spices

Japan’s sushi is the original kind and arguably the best. The Japanese, but also many westerners, incorporate wasabi into sushi meals which obviously should be excluded if your dog eats some. But sushi’s popularity has also created many other variations and innovative recipes. For example, Thai-style sushi is likely to be spicy and even contain some garlic. These additional ingredients probably aren’t good for your dog and are best avoided.

Sushi Symptoms & Sicknesses

Maybe you came here worried that your dog is sick due to having eaten sushi. The most common reason for this would be that it was the first time they tried some. As is the case with many new foods, and especially something like sushi, gastrointestinal problems surface including diarrhea, loose stools, upset stomach and vomiting.

You’ll be happy to know that most times a dog will experience these symptoms for a short time and often recover on their own. They are usually quite good at purging their systems in this regard. However, if you have reason to believe the sushi was spoiled then there could be more cause for concern.

This is why you should never give your dog any humans foods that you wouldn’t eat. For sushi, this cautionary approach is even more important for your dog’s sake. In any case, no matter what the reason for your dog’s sickness, be sure to provide them with plenty of fresh water in order to avoid dehydration.

Bring your dog to a veterinarian if they’re sick and getting worse from consuming contaminated or rotten raw foods because bacteria and parasites may overwhelm their body.

Conclusion on Sushi

While not very economical, occasionally giving some sushi to your pet dog should be harmless. Be sure to only offer them the kind that doesn’t contain avocados, spices or other questionable ingredients. Of course, never provide oldish leftover sushi to your dog. No pun intended but doing so is a recipe for disaster. Remember that sushi has raw seafood as a main component which can quickly spoil and sicken any canine.

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