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No, smoked salmon is not safe for dogs to consume. Yes, a few bites of cooked salmon are good for your dog, but smoked salmon should be avoided. Since smoked salmon is not completely cooked, it can harm your dog’s health and cause sodium ion poisoning and salmon poisoning disease.

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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 Act cautious and avoid feeding
Nutritional Issues Uncooked fish, high levels of sodium
Potential Risk Sodium ion poisoning and salmon poisoning disease
Symptoms Vomiting, bloody diarrhea, digestives issues, swollen lymph nodes, dehydration
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Common Ingredients Found in Smoked Salmon

  • Salmon Fillet: Uncooked fish can contain certain bacteria that are harmful to dogs and can cause salmon poisoning disease which is fatal.
  • Salt: Sodium is an important component of a dog’s diet. However, excessive sodium can cause health risks and cause poisoning.
  • Lemon: Citrus fruits are toxic to dogs and harm a dog’s health because they contain citric acid. Lemon rids are also toxic for dogs.
  • Dill: Dill is a safe herb for dogs, but doesn’t have any nutritional value.

How Much Smoked Salmon Is Bad for Dogs?

If a small dog eats less than an ounce of smoked salmon, generally symptoms will not appear, but every dog is different and the smallest amounts of smoked salmon come with risks. Monitoring your dog is always recommended.

Signs a Dog Ate Too Much Smoked Salmon

If your dog has eaten a substantial amount of smoked salmon, symptoms usually begin appearing within 10 days.

Some symptoms of salmon poisoning are:

  • bloody diarrhea
  • decreased appetite
  • fever
  • vomiting
  • upset stomach.

Action You Must Take if Your Dog Eats Smoked Salmon

If your dog has eaten smoked salmon, look out for the signs mentioned. Once symptoms arise, take them to your veterinarian to get checked out.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Any kind of salmon that is uncooked is unfit for dogs to eat. When it comes to fish, remember, if it’s uncooked, it’s not good.

  • No, dogs cannot eat smoked fish. Smoked food is uncooked and can harm your dog’s health.

  • Yes, uncooked and raw salmon can cause diarrhea. While cooked salmon is safe to consume, it can also upset your dog’s stomach when consumed excessively.


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.