Some types, yes. Other types, no. Dogs have strong stomach acid that aids digestion and kills bacteria, so raw fish that is safe for people, like the fish served as sushi, is also safe for dogs. However, raw fish can carry parasites, some of which are very dangerous. Most owners err on the side of caution and avoid feeding raw fish to their pets.
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Can dogs eat fish safely?
In general, it is best to prevent your dog from eating any kind of raw fish. Raw fish may contain harmful pathogens like bacteria and parasites (flukes, roundworms, and tapeworms). It may also contain dangerous heavy metals and bones. Any of these can make dogs and humans sick.
What happens if a dog eats raw fish?
Raw fish is at risk of carrying harmful bacteria like salmonella and listeria. This is problematic for two reasons. One, it can make your dog sick, and two, according to the FDA, it can also make you and other members of your family ill.
What if my dog eats raw salmon?
Many dogs are able to tolerate raw fish, but some dogs will get sick. If your dog develops any signs of illness after eating raw fish, be sure to contact your veterinarian for advice. If you believe your dog ate raw salmon from the Pacific Northwest, contact your vet even before your dog shows signs.
Can dogs eat raw fish when pregnant?
The American Veterinary Medical Association does not recommend consumption of raw or undercooked fish by dogs of any life stage, including pregnant females and puppies. Raw fish poses a greater risk of harboring and transmitting parasites embedded in the skin, muscle tissues, or internal organs.