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Yes, edamame is safe for your dog to eat in moderation. Whether you serve edamame steamed, cooked, or raw, your dog can happily munch away. Edamame is nontoxic and has multiple beneficial ingredients like fiber, calcium, Omega-3, and protein.

Can Dogs Eat Edamame
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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe in a small amount
Nutritional Value High fiber protein content, vitamin C, healthy fats
Potential Risks Allergic reaction, choking, bloating and gassiness, dehydration
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Edamame is Safe for Dogs?

Three-to-four beans are an appropriate serving for a small dog.1 Feeding your dog more than four edamame beans can cause tummy problems.

Before you serve a large helping of edamame to your dog, remember: edamame is not a substitute for regular pet food. As with other dog-safe vegetables, while edamame is a healthy snack, it should always be given in moderation.

When your furry companion is chomping on edamame for the first time, feed them one or two beans from the pod. Beginning the feeding process slowly will help you determine if your dog has a soy allergy,2 as edamame is immature soybeans.

If your dog has no allergic reaction, you can give a small serving of plain edamame, boiled, steamed, or raw.

How to Prepare Edamame For Dogs

You can cook or steam the vegetable over the stove. Insert a fork in them to ensure they have softened. Next, remove the pod and serve a few beans to your dog.

Humans tend to eat edamame with delicious added flavors and seasonings like garlic and salt. However, dogs cannot consume these same added spices as products like garlic could be toxic to dogs. Ensure you only serve plain edamame to your dog.

Tip: Mix the cooked beans with your doggy’s dry food on occasion for some added nutrition. Mash the edamame finely and add a bit of water before mixing them with the kibble.

Raw edamame is also safe for your pup and offers a convenient quick and healthy treat. Remove the pod before giving them the edamame, though, because raw pods and beans can pose a choking hazard.

Watch for the following signs of an allergic reaction to soy:

  • Hair loss
  • Excessive scratching
  • Rashes
  • Eyelid inflammation
  • Ear infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting.

If your dog exhibits any one or a combination of these allergic reaction symptoms, please contact your local veterinarian immediately.

  1. (2023)

  2. (2017)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, dogs can eat soybeans safely, and as long as it is in moderation, there is no need to worry. However, many dogs are allergic to soy, and it is best to monitor your dog after they have consumed soybeans to ensure there is no allergic reaction.

  • Generally, edamame pods are safe. However, they can be a choking hazard and can be difficult to digest for some dogs. If your dog has a sensitive tummy, remove the pods and only give your canine the beans.

  • No, edamame beans prepared as people’s food can be toxic for dogs because of the seasonings and should not be fed to dogs. However, plain edamame beans are perfectly safe in moderation and healthy for dogs.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.