Have you ever noticed your dog eating your Chinese takeout from the trash can and wondered, “can dogs eat soy sauce?” If so, you’re not alone. The answer is, keep soy sauce away from your dog.
For ultimate pet safety, I recommend consulting with your vet about your dog eating soy sauce.
Can Dogs Eat Soy Sauce?
If at all possible, keep soy sauce away from your dog. It’s not that soy sauce is toxic by itself. The problem is the high sodium content.
First, we need to understand what soy sauce is and what’s in it. Then you’ll be able to understand why it’s so bad for dogs.
What is Soy Sauce Made Of?
Soy sauce is made by fermenting soybeans and wheat. In fact, the 4 basic ingredients in soy sauce are:
- Fermenting Ingredients (like yeast)
The problem for dogs is the high salt content. In one tablespoon of soy sauce, there is 902 mg of sodium. That’s a little more than a tenth of a teaspoon of salt.
It is around 0.18 teaspoons of salt in a tablespoon of soy sauce.
That might not seem like very much salt to you. But if your dog licks up a bunch of soy sauce in a bowl or cup, it could experience very bad physical side effects.
Can Dogs Have Soy Sauce?
No, dogs cannot have soy sauce. There is too much salt in it. In fact, there isn’t even a soy sauce for dogs that they can have. Just avoid it altogether.
If your dog licks up more than a teaspoon and there isn’t any water around for them, it could make them very sick.
All that salt without any water could cause salt poisoning or kidney damage. Watch out for salt poisoning. It can cause neurological issues.
Soy Sauce and Dogs Side Effects
If somehow your dog ate more than a small amount of soy sauce, watch out for these symptoms. Take your dog to the vet right away if you notice:
- Increased Thirst
- Frequent Urination
- Seizures or Tremors
If you ignore minor symptoms, and your dog at an extreme amount of soy sauce, the salt poisoning could even lead to death.
That’s why it’s so important to take your dog to the vet if you think they got into some soy sauce packets.
My Dog Ate Soy Sauce, What Do I Do?
If you know your dog got into soy sauce, watch for serious symptoms. If they show any of the following symptoms, take them to the vet right away.
- Extremely lethargic
- Muscle Spasms
- Respiratory Distress
- Walking like intoxicated
If you notice they are super thirsty and urinating a lot, this is a good thing!
Drinking a lot of water will help to flush out all the excess salt from their body. That’s why they pee so much too.
If you think they only ate a small amount of soy sauce by accident (like the amount sprinkled on some rice), give them lots of water and let them pee it out. Then watch for more serious symptoms, just in case.
Soy Sauce is Bad for Dogs
Keep the Chinese takeout and soy sauce packets away from your dog. It might take quite a bit of soy sauce to cause salt poisoning, but you want to do all you can to protect them from it.
Take a look at these great articles on other things dogs can and cannot eat:
- Fruits Dogs Can Eat and Fruit Harmful to Dogs
- Vegetables Dogs Can Eat and Vegetables Harmful to Dogs
- Can Dogs Eat Bugs?
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