Can Dogs Eat Soy Sauce? Why It Is Dangerous

Soy sauce is a common condiment, but should it be fed to dogs? Find out if this popular sauce is safe for our furry friends.
Can Dogs Eat soy sauce?

Soy sauce is a popular condiment found in many kitchens around the world. As pet owners, it is essential to know what foods are safe for our furry friends to eat. In this article, we will discuss whether dogs can eat soy sauce and the potential dangers it poses to their health.

What is Soy Sauce?


  • Fermented soybeans
  • Wheat
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Sometimes additional flavorings

Production Process

  • Soaking soybeans and wheat
  • Mixing with salt and water
  • Fermentation
  • Pressing
  • Pasteurization

Can Dogs Eat Soy Sauce?

In short, no, dogs should not eat soy sauce. While a small amount of soy sauce is not likely to cause any harm to a dog, it is not a good idea to feed it to them regularly.

Potential Dangers of Soy Sauce for Dogs

High Sodium Content

Feeding your dog soy sauce can lead to a dangerous increase in their sodium intake. The recommended daily sodium intake for dogs is around 100 mg per pound of body weight. Consuming too much sodium can cause electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, and in severe cases, salt poisoning. Symptoms of sodium poisoning in dogs include vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and even coma. Treatment often involves IV fluids and supportive care, but prevention is key.

Allergens and Intolerances

Some dogs may have an intolerance to wheat or gluten, which can cause gastrointestinal upset, skin issues, and ear infections. Additionally, soy allergies are also possible in dogs. Identifying and managing your dog's food allergies or intolerances is crucial for their overall health.

Fermentation and Alcohol Content

Soy sauce is created through fermentation, which means it contains a small amount of alcohol. While the alcohol content is usually low, it can still be toxic to dogs. Alcohol poisoning in dogs can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, disorientation, difficulty breathing, and even liver damage. Immediate treatment and prevention are necessary to avoid severe complications.

Safe Alternatives to Soy Sauce for Dogs

Low-Sodium Soy Sauce

While low-sodium soy sauce is better due to its reduced salt content, it still contains wheat and possible traces of alcohol. Therefore, low-sodium soy sauce should also be given to dogs with caution and in minimal amounts.

Homemade Dog-Friendly Sauces

Instead of soy sauce, you can make homemade dog-friendly sauces that suit your dog's nutritional needs. Healthy and tasty options might include pureed pumpkin, unsweetened applesauce, or a simple bone broth. Make sure any homemade sauces are free of harmful ingredients, like onions, garlic, or excessive salt.

Store-Bought Dog Treats and Foods

There are many safe and healthy store-bought dog treats and foods available. When selecting products, look for high-quality ingredients with minimal additives, preservatives, or artificial flavors. Consult with your veterinarian for recommendations on dog-friendly brands.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use soy sauce in my dog's homemade meals?

It's best to avoid using soy sauce in your dog's meals due to the potential risks mentioned above. Instead, consider using dog-friendly alternatives like low-sodium broths or homemade sauces without harmful ingredients.

How can I determine if my dog has a food allergy?

If you suspect your dog has a food allergy, consult with a veterinarian who can perform an examination and recommend an elimination diet to identify the specific allergen.

Are there other common human foods that are dangerous for dogs?

Yes, some human foods can be dangerous to dogs, including chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, and avocados. Always research and consult with your veterinarian before introducing new foods to your dog's diet.


While soy sauce might be a tasty addition to our meals, it is not safe for dogs due to its high sodium content, potential allergens, and alcohol content from fermentation. Instead, opt for dog-friendly foods and treats to ensure your canine companion stays healthy and well-nourished. Always consult with your veterinarian if you have concerns about your dog's diet or if you suspect they have ingested a harmful substance.

Medically Reviewed by Ivana Crnec, DVM

Ivana is a DVM with a specialty in domestic carnivores – dogs & cats. She is passionate about educating pet owners and raising awareness about pet health.

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