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No, dogs should not eat raw fish since it contains multiple parasites and bacteria. Raw fish can have parasites like tapeworms and roundworms, which once ingested, can cause multiple health problems for your dog. You should always avoid giving your dog raw fish and feed it cooked fish if you want to provide its dietary benefits to your dog.

Raw Fish
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Dangerous: This food is generally considered a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of dogs. Please contact your vet, a veterinary hospital or pet poison control if you suspect your dog has eaten this food recently.

Food Safety Dangerous in even a small amount.
Dangerous Serving Any portion of raw fish can have dangerous bacteria.
Poisoning Symptoms Fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, rapid weight loss, diarrhea, listlessness.
Severe Poisoning Severe poisoning from raw fish can be lethal.
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 Raw Fish is Dangerous for dogs?

Raw fish in any amount can be dangerous since it can contain harmful parasites and mercury, which is toxic. Therefore, there is no set amount of raw fish which can be declared safe for dogs.

Why Can’t Dogs Eat Raw Fish?

While humans can enjoy raw fish in the form of sushi, it is best to avoid giving any kind of raw fish to dogs. Dogs have sensitive digestive systems, which can respond badly to the toxic substances and parasites found in raw fish. Raw fish can have parasites such as tapeworms, roundworms, and flukes, which can cause multiple health issues.

Salmon poisoning disease and E. Coli are two fatal conditions that dogs can contract by eating raw fish.

What To Do if Your Dog Ate Raw Fish?

If your dog has eaten any amount of raw fish, it is best to seek immediate medical assistance. While raw fish is not instantly toxic, it can cause severe health problems in your dog and it is wise to start medical intervention as soon as possible to avoid any major issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • While sashimi is fit for human consumption, it should not be given to dogs. Raw fish in any form can cause health problems for dogs and it is best to avoid giving it to them.

  • Sushi is very harmful to dogs since it does not only contain raw fish but also other ingredients that can cause health problems. Therefore, you should only feed plain fully-cooked fish to your dog.

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.