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Yes, cooked scallops are safe for your dog as long as you are feeding them plain and in small quantities. Various nutritional benefits of scallops make them a suitable small treat for your pup, but be sure to cook thoroughly before serving them to your dog because raw seafood can be harmful.

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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 plain
Nutritional Value Magnesium, calcium, potassium and protein
Potential Risk Can cause allergies or digestive problems
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Are Scallops Good for Dogs?

When fed plain, cooked, and in small quantities, scallops can be a good source of magnesium, calcium, potassium and protein. Potassium and magnesium help with muscle and nerve function, while protein helps to maintain lean muscle mass.

How Much Scallop is Good for Dogs?

Despite the nutritional value of scallops, is not recommended to feed your dog scallops regularly as they are relatively high in cholesterol and sodium. It is best to give scallops as occasional treats that you can feed your dog once or twice a week. Moreover, do not serve scallops in large quantities at one time.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Scallops?

No, you must feed your dog cooked scallops only. Raw seafood, especially raw scallops, can be a source of parasites, bacteria and viruses that can cause various diseases in your dog. It’s best to only serve cooked scallops to your dog.

How to Cook Scallops for Your Dog?

  1. Rinse the raw fresh scallops in cold water and pat them dry.
  2. Submerge them in boiling water, or toss them on a heated pan with some water and cook 5-8 minutes until scallops are opaque. Avoid using any oil, butter or seasoning, since excess fats could lead to your pup developing pancreatitis.
  3. Serve when scallops have cooled slightly and are warm to the touch.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dogs Eating Scallops

  • Raw scallops can poison your dogs and can cause problems like acute abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. Take them to the vet if these symptoms occur after ingestion.

  • It’s best to take them to the vet as soon as possible to rule out any serious potential risk to your pup’s health.

  • No, humans cook their scallops with flavors, seasoning and oils, which are not safe for dogs. Dogs should only consume plain scallops.

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About the Writer
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.