Fried Scallops for Dogsby Naomi Millburn
When you're feasting on a Saturday night seafood dinner, a begging dog at your feet is a heartrending circumstance. After all, the majority of "people foods" simply aren't safe or appropriate for pet consumption. Fried foods definitely aren't the greatest idea for your hungry pooch, scallions included.
Non-fried cooked scallops in moderation are likely a safe food option for dogs. According to the ASPCA, cooked shellfish is generally risk-free in canines, whether scallops, shrimp, lobster, crab or anything else of the ilk. Just remember to keep the portion minimal -- think a bite or two rather than a plate of them. The only potential harm may result from the simple introduction of a strange new food. Dogs don't always adjust very easily to diet adjustments. Diarrhea and a tummy ache are both unpleasant possibilities.
Although a tiny amount of scallops in general may be fine for a dog, fried food certainly isn't, so that rules out fried scallops for good. The Prince George's County SPCA notes that high levels of fat may contribute to pancreatitis in canines, a disorder that results from pancreatic inflammation. Keep your doggie away from greasy, fried foods, including fried scallops. Fried food also may give your pet stomach pains. Lack of sound judgment in planning a canine's diet is often a culprit behind the ailment, so take what you allow your pet to eat seriously. If you eat fried foods and like to give your pet snacks off your plate, bring along some treats or a bread roll to dole out slowly while you chow down.
Flavoring may be a danger when it comes to feeding fried scallops to a dog. Apart from the fact that the things are fried, they also may be cooked in something that just isn't appropriate for doggie consumption, whether butter, salt or spice. Butter is a dairy product, and most canines digest lactose poorly, often resulting in diarrhea. High amounts of salt can cause a variety of issues in pets, namely frequent urination and inordinate thirst. Spices such as paprika can also lead to digestive and skin irritation in dogs. None of these things have a place in a doggie diet.
Suitable Human Foods for Dogs
Although fried scallops and dogs don't go together, certain other "people foods" may be a much better idea. If you're looking to treat your doggie with a tasty people snack once in a while, the ASPCA recommends unsalted pretzels, plain pasta, apple slices, bread and bananas, among others. Serve even these in moderation.
- Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images