My Dog Ate Crab Shell What Should I Do?

By Julie •  Updated: 01/18/22 •  3 min read
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My Dog Ate Crab Shell

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Many pet parents love to eat crab meat! It’s healthy and tastes amazing! But what happens if your dog runs off with the crab shell and eats it? Can the crab shell make a dog sick?

Has your dog eaten crab shells? Are you worried the crab shells will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when a dog eats something like this.

We’ve put together some information about crab shells and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

What are Crab Shells?

Crabs are crustaceans that live in the ocean and the sea. They strongly resemble spiders but have five pairs of legs (10 altogether). Four of their legs are used for walking, while the two in the front have claws. The claws are used to fight other crabs, hold prey, and help the crab to eat.

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These animals don’t have spines. Instead, they have an outers shell that protects them. You might say their shell acts like a suit of armor.

While the crab meat is safe for humans and dogs (when the crab isn’t cooked in other ingredients toxic to dogs), what happens if a dog eats the crab shell?

Crab Shells & Dogs

Unfortunately, the crab shell can be harmful to dogs. The material of the shell is not toxic. However, if the shell is chewed, it breaks into smaller pieces. These pieces tend to be sharp and could become lodged in the throat or esophagus, causing a dog to choke.

Another problem with crab shells is that the sharp edges of a cracked shell could also puncture or tear the dog’s digestive tract. But that’s not all. Crab shells could also clump together in the dog’s digestive tract and cause an intestinal obstruction.

So, crab shells can be deadly for dogs.

Symptoms of Crab Shell Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten crab shells:

If your dog has any of these symptoms, then call the vet immediately. This is an emergency. Don’t wait to see if your dog’s symptoms improve or worsen. He needs to see the vet ASAP.

The good news is that dogs who receive prompt medical care have the best chance of making a full recovery. So, don’t wait to call the vet. Your dog’s life depends on it!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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