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Yes, cooked and unseasoned crabmeat is safe for dogs to consume in small amounts. The seafood can have nutritional value but there are some components in it that can be harmful to dogs, particularly iodine.

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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe to eat in small amounts when cooked and unseasoned
Nutritional Value Excellent source of lean protein and vitamin B12. Omega-3 fatty acids also beneficial for dog’s skin and nails.
Potential Risks Crabmeat has a significant amount of iodine. Some dogs might have an allergic reaction to iodine and exhibit symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and watery eyes.
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 Crabmeat is Safe for Dogs?

Cooked, plain crabmeat is safe for dogs in small amounts. The meat is high in cholesterol, therefore, can be fattening when fed regularly. Crab does have nutritional value but should make up a significant portion of a dog’s diet. We suggest introducing it gradually into your dog’s diet to ensure it does not have allergic reactions to the crab.

What Happens if Your Dog Eats Too Much Crab?

The results of your dog eating too much crab depends on a number of factors. If your dog has consumed unshelled crab, it is best to seek immediate medical assistance since the shell can be a choking hazard and an intestinal obstruction if swallowed. If your dog has an iodine allergy then eating too much crab can lead to symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. Contact your local veterinarian in case your dog exhibits any of these symptoms. If your dog eats too much cooked crab meat, it can lead to obesity and diabetes in the long term as well.

How to Feed Crab to Your Dog?

Crab should only be fed to a dog after being unshelled and boiled. The shell is extremely hard and can become an intestinal obstruction. Similarly, cooking the crabmeat is important to eliminate any parasites in the meat. We suggest adding a small amount of cooked crabmeat to your dog’s food from time to time. Quick tip: add a small amount of crabmeat to your dog’s regular meals for the nutritional value.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Dogs can safely consume the meat in crab legs, however, it is necessary to remove the shells to prevent any choking issues.

  • Dogs can eat crab cakes, however, it majorly depends on the ingredients used in the crab cake.

  • Seafood is an excellent source of lean protein and dogs can safely consume seafood. However, it needs to be prepared in a particular way to be given to dogs. The best way to feed any sea food to your dogs is to cook it to get rid of any bacteria and removing the shells.

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.