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No, soy sauce is not safe for dogs. This is because of the high content of sodium in the condiment. It is crucial to note that soy sauce does not contain any toxic ingredients. However, a heavy amount of salt can cause salt poisoning.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Be cautious and monitor your dog’s condition if they have too much soy sauce
Nutritional Issues High sodium content
Potential Risks Salt poisoning
Symptoms increased thirst, diarrhea, increased urination, vomiting
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

What Makes Soy Sauce Unsafe for Dogs?

Soy sauce contains a lot of salt, which is bad for them since it can cause poison. A tablespoon of soy sauce contains 902 milligrams of salt. This is excessive for dogs and causes multiple health problems, especially for a dog with kidney issues.

Such a high amount of salt can make dogs very sick in a matter of time. Hence, soy sauce must be avoided around your dog.

How Much Soy Sauce Is Bad for Dogs?

Even a few licks of soy sauce are harmful to dogs. If your dog has been licking soy sauce off the ground or from a bowl, keep a keen eye on them.

TIP: If your dog has licked a bit of soy sauce, ensure that a clean bowl of water is nearby your dog so they can quench their thirst.

High sodium content causes excessive thirst. Dehydration after consuming a large amount of sodium content can be dangerous, too, since it can cause salt poisoning.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, soy sauce is not toxic to dogs. However, it is best to preach caution if your dog takes a few licks because it can cause sodium poisoning.

  • If your dog has consumed a lot of soy sauce, look for signs of salt poisoning. Provide a fresh, clean bowl of water and ensure they are drinking from it. Immediately take them to the vet if your dog has seizures or tremors.

  • If your dog has salt poisoning, they will experience vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, seizures, or tremors. You should take your pet dog for an emergency visit to the vet if they look sick and are displaying the mentioned symptoms.

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.