Sushi & Dogs - Is It a Right Combination?

Sushi & Dogs - Is It a Right Combination?

Author WDF Staff


If you love foreign cuisine, especially Japanese, you probably love sushi. It is one of our favorite things to eat, and since our dog always looks at us and begs for some of our food, we wondered, “Can dogs eat sushi?” The most important question is whether sushi is actually safe for dogs. We decided to look into this matter a bit closer, and this is what we found out.

Can dogs eat sushi?

You probably noticed your dog is really happy when you give them a bit of your food. However, we should make sure the food we share with them is safe for them to consume. When it comes to sushi, the answer is - maybe. Dogs could eat sushi, but only if it doesn’t contain too much seasoning and safe ingredients. Here are the main things sushi contains and whether they are safe for dogs;

Raw fish

Dogs can eat raw fish. However, there is a chance raw fish contain parasites, especially raw salmon. The raw fish is actually called sashimi, and it is safe for dogs as long as it’s not seasoned. The most common fish used in sushi are safe for dogs; tuna, mackerel, yellowtail, snapper, Japanese amberjack, and salmon.

sushi on plate


Rice is the key ingredient in sushi, and it is not only safe for dogs but also very beneficial. If dogs have an upset stomach, you can feed them plain cooked rice. They will enjoy the taste, and it is an excellent source of carbs.


Sushi is also made with edible seaweed. Edible seaweed is actually one of the best foods for humans and dogs. It is considered a superfood. The most commonly used seaweed in sushi is nori, and dogs can safely eat it.


Sushi comes with different fillings like avocado, cucumber, green onion, jalapeno, bell peppers, etc. Some of those fillings are safe for dogs, like bell peppers and cucumber, but hot, spicy things should generally be avoided. Dogs can’t handle such spicy foods and are generally considered unsafe for them to eat.


One of the best things about sushi is the different sauces that come with it. Unfortunately, these sauces aren’t safe for dogs. Your dog will probably get an upset stomach and a severe reaction like vomiting. Some are very salty, and dogs shouldn’t eat too salty foods.

sushi on table with chopsticks

What sushi can I give to my dog?

If you’re absolutely adamant about giving sushi to your dog, it is probably a good idea to prepare it at home. That way, you can be sure you will only include things that are actually safe for your dog to eat. Restaurants might not tell you everything they included in their recipe, and some may contain things that are unsafe for dogs.

If you prepare sushi at home, you can use seaweed, fish, and rice safe for dogs. It will not be as tasty for you as sushi you would order from a great restaurant, but you can be sure your dog will be absolutely delighted with their new addition to their diet. Countless sources will give you recipes and correct techniques for making sushi. You only have to make sure you don’t include ingredients that will harm your dog.

SAFETY TIP: If you’re preparing sushi you can share with your dog, you can cook the fish. By cooking it, you will eliminate parasites.

How much sushi can dogs eat?

Like with any other food that is not essential for your dog’s diet, you should keep a close eye on the amount you share with your dog. Too much of a good thing can actually be bad in this case. Keep the portions small and not too often. Sushi should not play a huge role in your dog’s diet. Instead, use it as a rare treat you can give your dog. Your average Labrador or German Shepherd can safely eat 1 - 2 pieces of sushi once a week.

sushi rolls

Can sushi be bad for dogs?

Sushi can be bad for dogs in some cases. However, that will significantly depend on the amount and ingredients in sushi you want to give your dog. Raw fish can contain parasites and bacteria, and some of them can be pretty bad. Dogs can be allergic to things like avocado, which will trigger an allergic reaction. Too much rice can be bad, but your dog would have to eat a lot of sushi every day to achieve such an effect.

VET TIP: Whenever you want to feed your dog something that is not usually in their diet, just remember the key thing is moderation. Try giving them a tiny bite and see how they react. Also, if you know your dog has allergies, avoid giving them those ingredients.

Are there things I need to be aware of?

If you’re thinking about giving or sharing some sushi with your dog, it would be best to talk to your vet first. They can give you the best possible advice regarding your dog’s diet and habits. They know your dog’s medical history and restrictions. If you have a diabetic dog or dog with a sensitive stomach, it would be best not to give them sushi.

In conclusion

Sushi is an extensive term, and it includes a lot of recipes. Generally speaking, most ingredients sushi contains are safe for dogs to eat. However, before you share some with your dog, make sure it doesn’t contain ingredients dogs cannot eat. Keep the portions small and never overfeed your dog on things they don’t need in their diet. If you have any doubts about sharing sushi with your dog, talk to your vet.

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