Can Dogs Eat Sushi? – A Food Guide

Can dogs eat sushi? It is one of the most popular types of food nowadays, a new trend in our society. But, is it okay if I give my dog sushi or salmon? Let’s find out.

Can Dogs Eat Sushi

Can I Give My Dog Sushi? – Quick answer:

Yes. However, there are things you must take into consideration.

A Special Treat with Some Restrictions

Sushi is a widely popular food. It makes the delight of both humans and dogs, and our four paw friends sure love some fresh sushi. However, as you most likely know, if the sushi is not fresh, it can be very dangerous for humans. Well, our dogs are as sensitive to spoiled sushi as we are. Therefore, every time you consider treating your dog with some sushi, do not give him leftovers! Like any other piece of raw food, sushi has bacteria and parasites that can be particularly harmful if not prepared properly and in fresh conditions. Once you have checked the quality of the food, you can treat your dog with one or two sushi rolls. In fact, there already is seafood for dogs, in case you want to go a bit extra and also ensure you are feeding him proper dog sushi.

A Wide Variety of Sushi and Ingredients –  What’s Ok and What’s Not?

As we all know, there are different types of sushi rolls, in fact, many consider it a form of art. Therefore, many different ingredients are used. Typically, sushi is just cooked rice with raw fish and/or vegetables. Sometimes egg is also used, which is fine for your dog to eat if they are cooked; raw eggs are a big no. On the other hand, the most common rolls have raw salmon, which is great for dogs due to its high Omega 3 fatty acid nutrients. Omega 3 fatty acid is great for the dog’s coat and skin. Therefore, if you want to feed your dog sushi, give him a cooked rice and raw salmon roll. A very healthy treat. It’s ok to give him cucumber, seaweed (avoid dried wild seaweed), and avocado rolls, but no more then 1 or 2. These are often ok, unless your dog is allergic of course. Your dog will love them, and they are nutritious.

What about tunashrimp, and salmon?

Don’t Give Him Spices!

Things like wasabi must not be given to your dog. It’s not even a matter of quantity, just don’t. Most dogs don’t react well to spices, and often ends with diarrhea, and stomach discomfort.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but other dog owners also.

What is the Nutritional Value** of Sushi?

As previously mentioned, there is a wide variety of sushi, therefore the nutritional value of course varies according to the ingredients and quantities. However, here is an average of the nutritional values of most common sushi pieces*:

Avocado Sushi Roll:- around 23 calories.
– 1 to 1.5gr of fat.
– 4 to 5gr of carbs.
– 1 to 1.5gr of fiber.
– 0.3 to 1gr of protein.

Salmon & Avocado Sushi Roll:

– around 50 calories.
– 1 to 3gr of fat.
– 6 to 9 carbs.
– 0.5 to 2gr of fiber.
– 1 to 3 gr of protein.

Cucumber Sushi Roll:

– around 22 calories.
– 0 fat.
– around 5gr of carbs.
– 0.5 to 1gr of fiber.
– around 1 protein.

*Estimated by piece and not by roll (a roll is cut into several pieces, but since we are talking about dogs we are referring to values per piece).

What Dosage is Healthy?

If you are looking for a healthy kind of sushi for your partner, go for 1 to 3 pieces of salmon sushi roll, and that’s it. No more. Also, don’t make it a regular treat, give him only periodically. Keep in mind, the typical rice used for sushi is often very sugary, which is not helpful if your dog already has weight problems or diabetes.


If your dog tends to gain weight, feed him no more then 1 piece and aim for low-calorie vegetable sushi rolls like the cucumber sushi roll.

Are There Any Breeds Specifically Sensitive to Sushi?

It’s unlikely that your dog is allergic to rice and/or fish. However, it’s not impossible and it does happen. There isn’t any breed specifically sensitive to rice or fish.

What are the Symptoms* of an Allergic Reaction?

In case of rice allergy look for:
– Itchy and/or dry skin.
– Loss of hair.
– Skin rash.
– Gastrointestinal discomfort.
– Diarrhea.
– Too much self-licking and/or chewing.
– Ear infection.In case of fish allergy look for:
– Skin infection and/or rash.
– Loss of hair.
– Runny eyes and/or nose.
– Diarrhea.
– Vomiting.
– Too much self-licking and/or chewing.
– Ear infection.
– Dehydration.
*These are the most common examples, please contact your local vet if you have noticed anything unusual, even if we didn’t list it above.

Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Sushi?

It depends on the ingredients, but overall yes. In fact, Omega-3 fatty acid rich sushi is good and healthy for your dog. It contributes for his skin and fur health, while even preventing some arrhythmia conditions and lower high blood pressure. Stick to salmon and vegetable rolls, don’t give him spicy sushi. If you stick to healthy sushi, don’t treat him too regularly, and avoid harmful ingredients. PERFECT! Your dog will be happy and you will be happy to see him well treated and healthy.

Know Something We Don’t?

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