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No, dogs should not eat cockroaches because they can carry toxic substances or disease-carrying bacteria. Cockroaches themselves are not toxic, but the substances they carry pose a significant threat to dogs. If your dog ingests a cockroach, be on the lookout for any symptoms that indicate an infection.

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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 Not toxic by themselves, however, carry a significant threat of disease-causing microorganisms.
Nutritional Issues Cockroaches are made up of mostly protein, however, since they feed on feces, eating them can significantly increase the risk of ingesting bacteria, viruses, or parasites.
Potential Risks Ingesting these microorganisms can lead to infections which can also be life-threatening.
Symptoms Fever, diarrhea, vomiting, increased heart rate, coughing, lethargy, loss of appetite.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Many Cockroaches Are Bad for Dogs?

Eating cockroaches brings a seriously increased risk of infection, therefore, there is no amount of cockroaches that can be considered to be bad for dogs. However, chances are that your dog will be fine if it eats a cockroach or two.

What Makes Cockroaches Unsafe?

Cockroaches by themselves aren’t toxic, however, the substances and microorganisms they carry can be extremely unsafe for dogs.

What to Do if Your Dog is Sick from Eating Cockroaches?

If you suspect your dog has contracted an infection from eating a cockroach, it is best to immediately contact your local veterinarian. Some infections can be fatal, therefore, it is best to get medical assistance to ensure your dog remains safe.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If your dog has eaten a cockroach, you have to remain vigilant and observe the dog for any symptoms. If your dog exhibits any symptoms then seek immediate medical assistance.

  • Despite being domesticated, dogs still have a predatory instinct. Therefore, they enjoy hunting cockroaches.

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.