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Yes, dogs can safely eat moderate amounts of octopus if it is fully cooked. Octopus has a significant amount of essential nutrients that can benefit dogs if added to their diet. However, only unseasoned and cooked octopus should be served to dogs since raw seafood and some seasonings can cause major toxicity and digestive issues.

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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 when cooked and in moderate amounts.
Nutritional Value Octopus is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps digestion and boost heart health. It can also be a source of protein and essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B12 and calcium and iron.
Potential Risks Octopus can be tough and chewy, therefore, it can be a choking hazard. It can also be contaminated with toxic metals like lead and mercury, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea, among other digestive issues. Raw octopus can contain harmful bacteria, which can cause several health issues once ingested. The high salt content in octopus can also lead to sodium poisoning.
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 Octopus is Safe for Dogs?

Octopus should not be a regular part of your dog’s diet. However, occasionally feeding your dog approximately 100 grams of cooked octopus can have nutritional benefits for your canine friend.

What Happens if a Dog Eats too Much Octopus?

If your dog eats a significant amount of octopus, then the high fat content may likely trigger digestive problems in him, which will translate to vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.

How to Safely Prepare Octopus for Your Dog?

Ensure that the octopus is cooked all the way through before feeding it to your dog. You can boil, steam, or grill the octopus without any seasonings and then serve it to your dogs. A quick tip: chop up the cooked octopus and mix it in your dog’s regular food for an easy way to serve octopus to your dog.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Fried or breaded octopus is high in calories and should not be given to dogs since it can lead to rapid weight gain.

  • Raw seafood can have plenty of microorganisms that can cause problems for dogs. Therefore, they should not be fed raw octopus.

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.