Shrimps are one of the most popular seafoods in the world. They have been eaten since ancient times. However, they are not very common in our country today due to their high price and because they tend to be hard to catch. Some people prefer them over other types of fish such as salmon or tuna, but I don’t think it’s worth paying $20 per pound for them!
I’m sure you’ve heard of some people eating shrimp with no problem, while others get sick from it. There are many theories about why this happens.
One theory is that the shellfish contains toxins called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These chemicals have been linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems. Another theory is that these substances may cause damage to the nervous system and even death.
There are two main ways to cook shrimp: boiled and fried. Boiled shrimp is safe, but fried ones aren’t.
Fried shrimp contains higher levels of toxic compounds than boiled ones.
So, how can you tell which type of shrimp is safe to eat?
Here’s a quick test to see if your dog likes cooked or raw shrimp:
If your dog licks the side of her mouth when she sees you, then she probably likes cooked shrimp. If your dog walks away from the shrimp, then she probably doesn’t like it.
If she eats the shrimp but doesn’t lick her chops afterwards, then she probably likes them raw.
It’s important to remember that some dogs are allergic to shellfish, so if your dog eats shrimp and then starts foaming at the mouth or has trouble breathing, you should take her to the veterinarian immediately. These are signs of an allergic reaction and can be fatal.
The ASPCA says that dogs should not eat shrimp, but it says nothing about whether or not they can eat cooked shrimp or raw shrimp. The fact that cooked shrimp are less dangerous than fried ones doesn’t make them safe for your dog.
If you have a dog that is especially determined to eat what you’re eating, it may be best to give her something safe like an empty plate or a bowl of water. If you have a puppy, it’s best not to leave her unattended around your dinner table.
Make sure you keep your shrimp away from your dog, as he may still be hungry after eating his own dinner. If you catch him with shrimp, then make sure to scold him immediately.
If he keeps stealing food, you may have to be more forceful in keeping him away from the kitchen. Other types of seafood that should be kept away from your dog include anchovies, clams, crab, lobster and other fish.
If you store your shrimp in the fridge, make sure to put it in a container with a lid. Otherwise, your dog may try to eat them off the plate or out of the bowl.
If you don’t want to put them in the trash, then throw them away when you’re done eating.
Here is a short video showing what happens when your dog eats shrimp:
Always try to keep an eye on your pet around food and make sure they don’t make themselves sick by eating something that could make them sick. Your dog will be much happier and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.
Here is a short video of what can happen when your dog eats shrimp:
This video shows an experiment where a chihuahua ate raw shrimp and had a fatal allergic reaction.
This next one shows fried shrimp being eaten by a dog in the same way you would eat them yourself-with melted butter!
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
Chesapeake Veterinary Hospital
Sources & references used in this article:
- Infections related to the ingestion of seafood. Part II: parasitic infections and food safety (AA Butt, KE Aldridge, CV Sander – The Lancet infectious diseases, 2004 – Elsevier)
- Efficacy of electrolyzed oxidizing water against Listeria monocytogenes and Morganella morganii on conveyor belt and raw fish surfaces (S McCarthy, W Burkhardt III – Food Control, 2012 – Elsevier)
- Emerging foodborne pathogens: keeping your patients and your families safe (EC Oldfield III – Reviews in Gastroenterological disorders, 2001 – medreviews.com)
- Escherichia coli in seafood: A brief overview (RA Costa – 2013 – scirp.org)