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No, sushi is not safe for dogs. Of course, a tiny amount of fresh sushi will be fine. However, feeding your dog too much raw fish and spices like wasabi and garlic can lead to bacterial/parasitic infections, vomiting, diarrhea, and other severe health problems. Therefore, it’s best to avoid feeding it to your canine companion.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Exercise caution, avoid feeding
Nutritional Issues Parasites from raw fish,
Potential Risks Bacterial infections, bacterial infections, anemia
Poisoning Symptoms Vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Sushi Is Unsafe for Dogs?

While a small bite from your sushi won’t harm your dog, large amounts of raw fish, garlic, and wasabi can be toxic to your dog’s health. However, if your dog enjoys raw fish as an occasional treat, ensure that the fish you feed your canine companion is fresh. Also, raw fish should only make up around 2-4 percent of your dog’s daily diet.

What Makes Sushi Unsafe?

Sushi typically contains raw fish and other harmful ingredients such as garlic, wasabi, etc. This makes it toxic for dogs because eating too much raw fish can lead to parasitic and bacterial infections. On the other hand, eating too much garlic can cause hemolytic anemia in dogs due to the presence of thiosulfate.

Signs Your Dog Ate Too Much Sushi

Signs that confirm your dog ate too much sushi include vomiting, diarrhea, and upset stomach, to name a few. However, if these symptoms worsen over time, take your dog to the vet, as it might suffer from bacterial or parasitic infection from eating too much raw fish.

Common Sushi Ingredients

  • Raw fish-Raw fish shouldn’t make up more than 2-4% of your dog’s daily diet. The more raw fish your dog eats, the more prone it will be to parasitic and bacterial infections.
  • Wasabi-Wasabi itself isn’t toxic for dogs. However, it’s very spicy. Such a high spice level can induce diarrhea and stomach pain in dogs.
  • Garlic-Garlic is rich in the chemical compound thiosulfate, which is very toxic for dogs.
  • Avocados-Avocados are a nutrient-rich vegetable and safe for dogs to eat in moderation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Sushi that only contains cooked rice and vegetables is safe for dogs. However, sushi with wasabi, garlic, and raw fish can cause severe health issues in dogs.

  • Any type of plain boiled rice is safe for dogs in moderation. The same is also the case for sushi rice as long as it doesn’t contain additional ingredients such as garlic and salt.

  • Any type of sushi will be safe for dogs as long as it doesn’t contain raw fish and other harmful ingredients.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.