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Can dogs have lobster? Is it really safe?

Can dogs have lobster? Is it really safe?

Lobster is one of those foods you either love or hate. There is no in-between. But, you can’t deny that it’s healthy. Now, is it healthy for dogs too? Can dogs have lobster?

We know that lobster is full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals. So it should be good for our dogs too, right? Well, we’ll see.

In this article, I am going to explore how healthy lobster really is for dogs. I will try and answer the question can dogs eat lobster!

But, before we start check out my other articles on human foods and if they are safe for dogs:

Can dogs have lobster?

Yes, dogs can eat cooked lobster. In fact, it’s very healthy for them! But, there are some things you need to consider.

Firstly, you should never give your dog raw lobster. This is because there are parasites in raw lobster. These parasites could harm your dog.

Secondly, the shell of a lobster can be dangerous too, so you should remove it.

Never give your dog raw lobster, only cooked!

Why lobster is healthy

Lobster is an amazing source of protein, essential minerals like zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, and omega-3 fatty acids.

All of these have great benefits for your dog’s health.

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  • Protein: Helps your dog stay strong.
  • Vitamin B12: Important for the nervous system and helps your dog’s brain function. It also helps in making and growing of blood cells.
  • Omega-3s: Great for boosting your dog’s health. It reduces the risk of illness, and loweres inflammation.
  • Zinc: Important for your dog’s joints.
  • Phosphorus: Keeps your dog’s bones healthy.
  • Magnesium: Important for absorbing vitamins and minerals.

In conclusion, lobster is great for your dog. But, there is also a problem with lobster.

The issues with lobster

Now that you know why lobster is good for dogs, let’s see why it can also be bad.

Firstly, many dogs are allergic to seafood, especially lobster. If your dog never had lobster, then ask your vet to do an allergy test.

If you don’t want to do that, then do this. Give your dog a little piece of lobster. Then, keep an eye on your dog. See how they act.

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If your dog starts acting weird, then contact your vet.

There are other reasons why your dog shouldn’t eat lobster.

Too much salt

Fun fact, almost 5% of lobster is salt! And that is a lot, even for us people! Salt is important for our bodies, but too much salt is bad!

Too much salt can lead to salt poisoning

If your dog eats too much salt can lead to loss of bone mass and high blood pressure. This can then lead to kidney and heart disease and a stroke.

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Other signs your dog ate too much salt are:

  • doesn’t want to eat,
  • very thirsty,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • your dog looks sad, depressed
  • can’t stop scratching,
  • looks lost,
  • your dog is weak,
  • shaking,
  • high temperature,

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Your dog might choke

You have to remove the shell before your dog eats lobster. But, it’s hard to remove it. Even when you remove it, your dog isn’t safe.

There is always the chance that pieces of the shell are on the meat. Your dog might choke on those pieces.

So there is a big risk. Only because a dog can eat lobster, doesn’t mean they should.

Too much fat

You have probably heard the word cholesterol. This is a type of fat found in your and your dog’s blood. Your dog’s liver produces cholesterol, but he can also get it from food.

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If your dog eats food that has a lot of this fat, like lobster, he can get sick. Your dog will be in a lot of pain and it can even lead to death.

Please, don’t give your dog too much lobster.


To conclude, can dogs eat lobster? Yes, your dog can eat lobster. But, it comes with many risks.

It is not fully safe for your dog to eat lobster. They could choke and get sick from it. I don’t want to scare you. But, your dog could even die.

Even though it has some benefits, I would never put my dog at such risk. Your dog can get nutrients from his own food. If your dog eats high-quality food it won’t have to eat human food.

Lastly, it’s your choice what your dog eats. But make sure you know all the risks, not only the benefits. In the end, your dog’s health is the most important.

My name is Jackie and I am a veterinarian with a degree in veterinary medicine. With extensive experience in treating various animals, I am known for my compassionate and personalized approach to animal care.