Do you love the sweet and savory flavor of teriyaki sauce? Do you wonder if your dog could eat this too? Admit it, we love to treat our little buddies as our babies and want to feed them whatever we’re eating.
However, as responsible pet owners, we need to pay attention to what is good for our pooch’s health and what is not. Don’t worry; we’re here to walk you through all you need to know about the effects of teriyaki sauce on your dog and its healthier alternative.
What is the nutritional value of teriyaki sauce for dogs?
The following table shows the nutritional value of 100 mL of teriyaki sauce:
Is It Safe For Your Dog To Eat Teriyaki Sauce?
No. It is not safe because of its high sodium content, which is highly toxic for your dog. Apart from that, teriyaki is made, by heating and mixing sake and sugar, also fatal for your dog.
To properly understand why teriyaki sauce isn’t safe for your dogs, we need to know what it contains and how those ingredients affect our canine bodies. These ingredients are as follows:
- Soy sauce
It is a salty liquid condiment and, if taken in large amounts, can even be fatal for humans; therefore, even small amounts can affect a dog’s health.
The high sodium content can cause salt poisoning among dogs. Symptoms of salt poisoning include:
- Excessive thirst and urination
- Walking drunk
- Lack of appetite
- Death(if left untreated)
Soy sauce also contains histamine and tyramine. A high intake of histamine can also affect your dog in the wrong ways.
Sugar is not fatal for dogs, but its intake in high amounts can lead to the following:
- Periodontal Disease
- Shortens the lifespan
However, honey can substitute for sugar to give sweets to dogs as it contains natural sugars and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.
NOTE: Although honey is a safer substitute, it is advised to give honey in moderation.
Sugar is often substituted with xylitol. Its consumption can be fatal for dogs, cause a severe drop in blood sugar levels within a few hours, and cause liver failure in a few days if left ignored.
Any Sugar-free teriyaki will contain teriyaki, so if your dog accidentally eats Sugar-free teriyaki with xylitol, rush into an emergency hospital right away.
Here are a few symptoms to spot xylitol poisoning in dogs:
- Lack of coordination
- Low blood sugar
A majority of international teriyaki sauces contain garlic and are highly toxic for dogs. Garlic causes damage to red blood and results in hemolytic anemia in dogs.
What should you do if your dog accidentally eats teriyaki sauce?
As you can now infer, even a bite-size teriyaki sauce can have adverse effects on the health of your dog. This is the reason why you should not feed your little bud with teriyaki sauce.
However, if they eat it by accident, take them to the nearest vet as soon as possible. Your vet will induce vomiting in your dog to get the sauce out of your dog’s system and will treat it with various booster fluids to prevent dehydration.
Are there any safer alternatives to the traditional chicken teriyaki sauce?
Fortunately, yes. If you want your dog to indulge in this amazing sauce, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here is a super simple recipe for a mock teriyaki sauce:
What you’ll need;
- 6 tbsp liquid amino: This is a healthy alternative for soy sauce and keeps your dog’s immune system strong
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar: detoxifies and helps in better functioning of your dog’s internal organs
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil: maintains your dog’s skin and heart health
- 1 tbsp arrowroot starch: relieves diarrhea, constipation, and upset stomach in dogs
- ½ tsp ground ginger: promotes blood circulation
Mix it all up and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, and you’re ready with your mock teriyaki sauce. Feel free to drizzle this fantastic sauce on boiled chicken or any other dish your dog enjoys.
NOTE: Although all the ingredients mentioned are safe for a dog’s consumption, it is advised to use only a teaspoon of the mock teriyaki sauce.
Can dogs eat teriyaki chicken?
No. Although chicken is very healthy for dogs, the teriyaki sauce has high sodium content, which is fatal for dogs, and includes sugar which is responsible for making the dogs diabetic and can also cause tooth decay.
Can dogs eat sugar-free teriyaki sauce?
No. Sugar-free teriyaki sauces usually have xylitol in them, which, if consumed, can be turned to be fatal within a few hours. It can cause a sharp drop in blood pressure and even liver damage if left untreated for 2-3 days.
The answer to ‘Can dogs eat teriyaki sauce’ is a clear no. Teriyaki sauce has a high sodium content which can cause salt poisoning and even death if left untreated. Leaving that aside, teriyaki sauce has sugar in it, which can affect your dog’s health.
We highly recommend mock teriyaki sauce as a delicacy for your dog. All the ingredients used are safe for your little buddy’s consumption because it is a healthier option than Sugar-free teriyaki sauce as it contains xylitol.
However, we suggest that even the mock teriyaki sauce is offered in moderation; we advise you to only add 1 tsp of the mock teriyaki sauce to any dish you provide to your pooch.
In case your dog does consume teriyaki sauce, it is advised that you rush to the nearest vet, and they’ll take care of your dog to make sure it is healthy.
We hope to have catered to all your doubts about your dog’s consumption of the teriyaki sauce. This article has been written using extensive research and will be updated from time to time according to changes in scientific discoveries and studies.
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Dr. Aram Baker has been with Santa Clarita Animal Hospital since 1995 and his special interests include behaviour medicine and dermatology. He graduated from the Cleveland Humanities Magnet Program in Reseda, CA and attended California State University at Northridge where he received a Bachelor’s degree in biology. He went on to pursue his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. He also spent time in the zoological medicine department at U.C. Davis during his Junior and Senior years. He is dedicated to caring for all pets big or small, young or old with compassion, patience, kindness, and love.