Can Retrievers Eat Shrimp?

Can Retrievers Eat Shrimp

Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?

Yes, your dog can eat shrimp, but it must always be steamed/boiled shrimp. It’s very important that your dog doesn’t eat raw shrimp or other raw seafood because raw seafood contains bacteria that will be killed when you cook the shrimp properly. 

Can retrievers eat shrimp? In this blog, you can find out everything you need to know about feeding your dog shrimp or prawns whether your dog belongs to one of the retriever breeds or is another type of dog. As dog parents you always want what’s best voor your pup.

Despite that shrimps or prawns are tasty for both humans and dogs alike, if you feed your dog steamed or boiled shrimp, don’t give him or her too much and not too often. Give shrimp to your pup as an occasional treat, not daily or as a big or main meal. Cooked shrimp is OK, but be careful with using too much oil or butter; that’s not good for dogs, so serving your pup steamed/ boiled shrimp is best for your dog.

Just like us humans, dogs can also be allergic or intolerant to shrimp as well. So if you feed your pup shrimp for the first time, make sure you pay close attention to how he or she reacts to it. The same goes for other kinds of (human) food as well. When a dog has an allergic reaction, in most cases, it causes irritations to the skin, which can result in your dog itching a lot. If that happens, stop feeding your dog that type of food, and if the irritation doesn’t go away, contact your local vet.

Also, if your dog is allergic or sensitive to shrimp or other kinds of seafood, it can result in your dog having diarrhea, vomiting, gas, or an upset stomach. In this case, stop feeding your dog the shrimp and see if the sickness goes away. If the shrimp is cooked improperly or is contaminated, it can also give this kind of bad reaction. 

Can Retrievers Eat Shrimp Safely

Can Dogs Eat Raw Shrimp?

No, never feed your dog raw shrimp. It’s the same for us humans. Raw shrimp, prawns or other seafood contain bacteria which can make you as well as your dog sick. Most of these bacteria are killed when you steam/boil or cook the shrimp. 

Sometimes, although it’s very rare, some shrimp, seafood, or shellfish can have toxic remains that are not destroyed by cooking, steaming, or boiling. This can cause food poisoning, which can result in dangerous reactions like neurological problems, paralysis, or serious stomach problems. If that occurs, go to your vet immediately. 

So if your dog isn’t allergic to shrimp he or she can eat steamed/ boiled shrimp in small, limited quantities such as half a cup of steamed shrimp once per week or add the steamed shrimp in small pieces to your pup’s dog food to make the meal even more delicious. It can be a tasty treat for your dog as well as nutritious. Always serve the steamed shrimp plain. No sauce, garlic, or seasonings because that’s bad for your dog’s health. 

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Is Shrimp Good For Dogs?

Steamed/ boiled or cooked shrimp contains nutrients like vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, niacin (vitamin B3) and contain protein that’s low in calories and saturated fat so if fed in small, occasional portions, steamed shrimp can be good for your pup’s health as well as a tasty treat. 

Stippy, our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, loves shrimp! We don’t feed him shrimp very often, but when we do, he can’t get enough! I buy already peeled shrimp from the frozen section in our grocery store, steam it for about 6 minutes until the shrimp is nice and pink and let it cool down to room temperature before I give it to Stippy. I like to mix the (remaining) steamed shrimp with some veggies to make a fresh, light salad for my hubby and me.

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Despite treating our Toller Stippy to only safe and healthy human foods sometimes, he always gets his daily, complete meals in the form of dry dog food or a complete diet of raw dog food. He has a sensitive stomach, so we need to be careful with what he eats with both human foods as healthy dog food. We give him raw dog food as well, which he absolutely loves, but we like to feed him a well-balanced and complete diet as possible, so we sometimes change from raw dog food to dry dog food or the other way around after a while. 

At the moment, we give him mostly raw dog food with occasionally dry dog food in between. Of course, there is no “best” dog food because every dog is different, reacts differently to food and digests differently, but currently, our Toller Retriever Stippy is doing great on the raw dog food Feed Me Freeze Dried Raw Superfood from Trudog ( <- you can check out the link for more information about what they offer ) which is easy healthy, easy to serve and which I recommend for dogs who also have sensitive stomachs.

 As a dog treat, steamed/boiled or cooked shrimp or prawns can be used as a healthy alternative or replacement for commercial dog treats and can help to control your dog’s weight due to the low calory and fat count. If you want to give your dog healthy, natural dog treats, I recommend the ->  treats from Trudog which we also feed our Toller Stippy. They are completely natural, healthy, and tasty for your dog.

Can Retrievers Eat Shrimp Tails and Shells

Can Dogs Eat Shrimp Tails?

Can Dogs Eat Shrimp Shells?

So, back to the shrimp, always feed your dog cleaned, peeled shrimp, or prawns, which you can find also in the frozen section of your local grocery store or ask your local fish seller at the market to clean the shrimp and remove the shells and tails. It’s not safe for dogs to eat shrimp with the tails or shells still on them because the sharp edges can hurt inside your dog’s throat of even worse, your pup might choke when he or she swallows them.


Dogs can eat shrimp or prawns but only treat your dog with shrimp if they are completely peeled and rid of their shells and tail, cleaned, properly steamed/ boiled or cooked, cooled down to room temperature and served plainly without sauce, garlic or other seasonings. Feed your dog shrimps or prawns occasionally, for example, once a week in a small portion. Bon Apetit!

Always consult your veterinarian before sharing human foods with your dog.
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About us

Hi, welcome to my blog about the amazing breed Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever!

My name is Eline van Stiphout and I live in The Netherlands. Together with my husband Arthur and our sweet Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Stippy, the three of us love to travel and go on outdoor adventures. 

Currently, I’m a professional, fully licensed dog walker since 2017. I gave up my stressful fulltime office job to follow my dream which is working and walking with dogs.


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