Can Dogs Eat Lobster?

You would know your dog can’t say no to a piece of salmon or shrimp but are all types of seafood safe in a dog’s book?

You may wonder if it’s okay to give your dog lobster.

You are about to indulge in an article that will answer your question so you know whether you should include lobster in your shopping list for the fur friend in your life.

So, can dogs eat lobster?

Yes. You can feed cooked lobster to your dog as it is an excellent source of protein, fatty acids, and essential minerals.

Before introducing lobster to your dog’s diet, remember moderation is key.

Add it in small amounts to prevent stomach upset in your dog, and watch out for any adverse reaction.

Before deciding if lobster is safe for your dog, you should understand the risks involved, the health benefits, and what to keep in mind.

This article expounds on all that.

Health benefits of lobster to your dogs

  • Lobster is an excellent protein source with essential amino acids that help build strong and healthy muscles, ligaments, cartilage, skin, nails, and hair in dogs. Protein is also involved in making enzymes, antibodies, and hormones and strengthens the dog’s immune system.
  • Lobster meat contains omega-fatty acids, which aid in reducing inflammation, improving your dog’s immune system, promoting a healthy heart, and fighting cancer. Omega-3 can also improve cognitive function in senior dogs and help in the proper eye and brain development in puppies.
  • The various essential minerals in lobsters also aid in different ways. Zinc aids in proper thyroid function and promotes healthy skin and fur in your dog. It also supports your dog’s immune system, metabolism, and joints and is essential in wound healing.
  • Phosphorous in lobster meat is essential for healthy metabolism and building strong teeth and bones. It also aids in healthy kidney function and the processing and storing of energy.
  • The magnesium in lobster meat facilitates energy transfer whenever your dog moves a muscle or experiences a heartbeat. It will also help your dog absorb other minerals and vitamins beneficial for proper heart and nervous system functioning.

Risks of feeding lobster to your dog

High sodium content

With all the essential minerals and vitamins that lobster contains, it is also high in sodium.

Excess salt in your dog’s diet will make it very thirsty and eventually lead to adverse effects like sodium ion poisoning.

It can also cause kidney damage, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and loss of bone mass.

Signs that your dog may have ingested too much salt include diarrhea and vomiting, high temperature, tremors, and seizures.

High cholesterol content

Lobster is high in cholesterol due to the fatty acids it has.

Cholesterol can cause numerous health problems, such as pancreatitis, which causes inflammation of your dog’s pancreas, leading to pain and even death if not treated.

Pancreatitis occurs over a short period, so watching how much fat your dog takes in his food is essential.

High cholesterol also leads to obesity, bringing about more severe health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, and joint complications.

Choking hazard

Lobsters have tough to break shells that can cause suffocation if not removed before your dog eats them.

They turn into tiny, sharp pieces that can injure your dog’s gums, mouth, and teeth when chewed.

The small shell pieces can also tear your dog’s esophagus and stomach and even puncture the intestine walls when swallowed. 

Allergic reaction

When you introduce lobster to your dog’s diet, you can’t know if he is allergic.

Your dog can be sensitive to seafood, so it’s best to closely watch your dog for a few hours after feeding it lobster to rule out any allergic reaction.

Dogs’ allergic reactions include vomiting, diarrhea, gas, stomach cramps, excessive licking, and scratching.

How to prepare lobster for your dog

  • Fill a large pot with fresh water and bring it to a boil.
  • Put your lobster in the boiled water and cover it with a lid. Boil the lobster for 15 minutes and if the lobster is over 1.5 pounds, add 5 minutes for each pound over that. 
  • After 15 minutes, remove the lobster from the pot and wash it gently with fresh water. Allow it to cool down for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Next, remove the claws, use a nutcracker to crack them, and remove the lobster meat.
  • Finally, use a knife to cut the body in half, remove the gills and extract the lobster meat for your dog. 

What you should know when preparing lobster for your dog

  • Ensure the lobster is fresh, cleaned, deboned, and thoroughly cooked. Altogether, remove the lobsters’ legs, claws, shells, and tails before serving them to your furry friend. 
  • Cook the fish before serving and avoid any seasoning. Using seasonings like garlic and onion powder can risk your dog’s health. Don’t add salt to the lobster. 
  • Whether grilling, broiling or steaming, ensure you thoroughly cook the lobster. Avoid feeding your dog fried lobster – oils can easily upset their intestines and stomachs.
  • Keep a close eye on your dog after feeding him lobster to see any signs of an allergic reaction. If it occurs or if your dog has a choking incident, call your vet immediately.
  • Feed your dog the lobster in moderation. If your dog eats a lot of lobster, it can lead to obesity, and high amounts of protein will be dangerous to senior dogs and dogs with existing kidney disease.

Can dogs eat raw lobster? 

No.

Raw lobster has internal parasites that can be fatal to your dog–cook well.

It may also harbor many bacteria (salmonella, listeria) and viruses that quickly cause food poisoning to your dog.

Additionally, raw lobster contains the enzyme thiaminase, which inactivates thiamin (Vitamin B1) in your dog’s body.

Ensure you cook the lobster thoroughly to kill any parasites and bacteria.

How much lobster is enough for my dog?

Too much of anything will never be good.

When introducing lobster to your dog’s diet, start with once a week and small amounts.

If your dog loves this seafood, you can increase the frequency twice a week.

Remember, lobster should be part of a wholesome diet for your dog and not fed as a complete meal on its own.

You can ensure your dog enjoys the lobster by serving it as a snack or mixing it with its favorite dry food.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Can dogs eat canned fish?

Yes, dogs can eat canned fish.

They are full of healthy proteins and will be an excellent snack for your dog.

Ensure to pick canned fish preserved in water rather than in oil.

Can dogs eat lobster tails?

Yes, dogs can eat the meat inside lobster tails.

Ensure you remove the shells from the tails before feeding them to your dog.

To wrap up

Lobsters are safe and will be of nutritional value to your dog’s body.

If you’re looking to introduce lobster to your dog’s diet as an occasional treat, do it in moderation.

Check for allergic reactions, and ensure the lobster is fresh and thoroughly cooked.

With that in mind, you’ll be good to go.

Megan Turner
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