Who does not love the soft, creamy and slightly sweet taste of scallops? It might not be one of the most popular seafood in the US, but it sure is oozing with yum!
If you give some to your dog, surely, they will take that chance and savor it with much gusto. Since not everything that humans eat is good for dogs, the question is, can your tail-wagging dog eat scallops?
Can Dogs Safely Eat Scallops?
The good news is, scallops are safe for dogs and it’s not toxic according to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or ASPCA. That is, provided that the scallops are not raw and fried.
According to the association, all kinds of cooked shellfish are great for them such as crabs, scallops and shrimps. Of course, it goes without saying that these shellfish should be shared in moderation.
There are so many cool facts about scallops! It’s great to know them while sharing some to your pooch:
- There are more than 400 species of scallops across the globe!
- As early as 1280, there are records from Marco Polo’s adventure that scallops are sold in Hangchow, China.
- Did you know that each ring on a scallop’s shell marks its year of growth? Added to that, rings may also represent stressful incidents in a scallop’s life.
- Scallop’ shell, unlike clams and oysters, is thin and lightweight that aids in swimming! Yes, scallops can ‘swim’ by propelling themselves forward and even ‘jump’.
- Scallops are also considered the cleanest shellfish around because their abductor’s muscle is not used as a filter, unlike clams and mussels.
- Where do you find the top three sea scallops ports in the US? Head on over to New Bedford, MA; Cape May, NJ; and Norfolk, VA.
- Speaking of sea scallops, they have separate sexes but most bay scallops are hermaphrodites which means they have both male and female sex organs.
- The official state shell of New York is the bay scallop.
Benefits of Eating Scallops for Dogs
Scallops are loads of nutrition and here are just some of their benefits:
- High in protein– scallops are a great source of protein, a macronutrient important for a dog’s health. Protein is the building blocks of your dog’s body which are important for organs, muscles and skin. It is also very important in fueling your canine’s body. While it is a great source of protein, it is also low in calories and loaded with vitamins.
- Magnesium– this vitamin is essential in absorbing other vitamins and minerals. Did you also know that magnesium is a natural relaxant soothing joint which is great for dogs suffering from arthritis of hip dysplasia?
- Potassium– this one is a vital electrolyte that is important for nerve function and overall health.
- Selenium– scallops have a fair amount of selenium that promotes a healthy immune system and proper thyroid function.
- Zinc– healthy coat and proper brain function are two of the benefits of zinc.
Are there Risks for Dogs Eating Scallops?
First obvious risk is the shells of the scallops so make sure to take it out before sharing it with your pup.
There are also instances where dogs are allergic to seafood so anyway monitor before giving some especially if it’s their first time. In fact, seafood is a common allergen to dogs so always be wary. If your dog is allergic to seafood, symptoms are throwing up and constant itching so better contact your vet immediately.
Will Dogs Like Scallops?
No two dogs are alike so you will never know unless you try! But one thing is for sure, if your dog likes it, he will show you! So get ready when he asks for more (although you shouldn’t give in, of course).
Can Dogs Eat Raw Scallops?
The best way to feed scallops to dogs is by cooking it unless your dog is into a raw diet already. If you plan to do so, having the correct knowledge is very important. It is also vital to involve your vet.
How to Feed Dogs with Scallops?
Scallops time is a good time for dogs!
Introducing Scallops for Dogs the First-time
Since seafood is a common allergen for dogs, if it is its first time tasting scallops, share a negligible amount first. After that, observe your dog for any negative symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation and stomach discomfort within 24 to 48 hours. If your dog is all good with it, that’s great since you can now start slowly adding it in its diet.
Preparing Dog-Friendly Scallops
Always cook your scallops for dogs but never serve them the fried ones. If you are used to adding butter, spices and a lot more to your scallops, skip this part since these aren’t good for your dogs. Yes, serve it to them as plainly as possible. Fried scallops are not also recommended because in the long term, it can lead to unhealthy fat build-up and worse, pancreatitis in dogs. Short term effect of frying it with unhealthy oils can cause loose stools.
How Much Scallops Can Dogs Eat?
Share scallops in moderation!
What is the perfect scallop serving size for dogs? Well, one or two small pieces at a time will do them good already so stick to that.
In terms of serving ideas, you may share it as is to your dogs or chop it finely and add as a special treat with their regular meals.
Conclusion: Should Dogs Eat Scallops?
Yes, scallops are not harmful to your dog so go ahead and share some with your pup. Just also remember that the best way to serve scallops is by cooking it (never fried) and serve plainly. Do not go also overboard as a piece or two are enough for their small bodies already.
Apart from ensuring that your dog is given the right nutrition, never forget the TLC (or tender loving care) your dog needs to grow happy and healthy.