Can my dog eat crab?

Yes. Like shrimp, lobsters, oysters, and clams, dogs can eat crab meat, though just like with humans some dogs are allergic to crab meat. Each individual dog’s level of allergy to the dog meat can vary.

High in protein and low in fat, crab meat can be a good additive to your dog’s diet when kept to moderate amounts. Crab meat is high in cholesterol and sodium, making it important to limit the amount of meat your dog consumes to avoid both short-term (weight gain, joint strain) and long-term (heart disease and related conditions) problems.

Crab shell can get stuck in the digestive tract of dogs so it’s important that canines only consume crab meat, not shells or legs.

Though low in calories, carbohydrates, and fat, crab is high in cholesterol. Consequently, it’s suggested that too much crab meat can be an unhealthy addition to your dog’s diet. Most veterinarians suggest that dogs should be limited to the meat of one crab per meal to avoid adding too much cholesterol or mercury to their diet.


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