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Yes, your dog can have mussels, but in a small portion. You must remove the shell from the meat; however, it is suggested to feed cooked mussels rather than uncooked ones to reduce their harmful side effects.

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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 It’s non-toxic and can be given as an occasional treat.
Nutritional Issues Bacteria can trigger allergies.
Potential Risk Diarrhea.
Poisoning Symptoms Choking, skin conditions, nausea, and vomiting.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Bad Are Mussels for Dogs?

  • Dogs with dietary allergies or aversions may experience adverse responses when fed mussels.
  • Mussels are susceptible to building up a lot of poisons. The effects and warning signs include nausea, vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea, and itchy skin.
  • Mussel shells can clog your dog’s digestive tract and may pose a choking hazard.

When you make mussels with flavors like onion or garlic, you must not feed them to your fur buddy since they might be harmful. Boil a couple of mussels individually without spice or seasonings if you plan to give mussels.

Keep your eyes open so your dogs don’t attempt to gulp down or chew the hard shell. There is certainly a choking risk here. Remember to contact a veterinarian immediately if your dog gulps down a shell.

What Are the Nutritional Benefits of Mussels?

It contains good proteins for dogs, but pet owners should only feed a couple of mussels a day. It promotes strength in the muscles of dogs.

Consider your vet before adding any food to your dog’s diet to make sure it’s healthy because some human foods can make dogs react badly.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, dogs can be allergic to raw or seasoned mussels as it contains a high amount of bacteria and salt, which can result in diarrhea or vomiting.

  • Yes, dogs can eat cooked mussels but in moderate amounts. Consider your vet’s recommendation when adding human food to your dog’s diet plan.

  • Yes, raw mussels contain unhealthy bacteria and hard shells that can result in choking. It must be given cooked, and you must remove the meat from its shell.

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.