Soy sauce is a very common ingredient found in most of our homes. It’s used in all types of cuisine including Asian cooking. While soy sauce tastes very good, a large amount of it can be dangerous for dogs.
What is in Soy Sauce?
Soy sauce is a dark brown liquid that’s made from soybeans, wheat, water and salt. It may be naturally brewed, fermented or chemically produced. Soy sauce originally was used as a condiment in East Asian cuisine, and it’s been around for over 2,000 years!
While soy sauce tastes very good, it can be a health hazard if it’s eaten too much. The problem is that this lovely sauce contains high levels of sodium (salt), which in large amounts can cause a number of health issues such as dehydration, heart disease, stomach cancer, and more.
Salt isn’t only dangerous for us pet parents—it’s also dangerous for our dogs.
Symptoms of Salt Poisoning in Dogs
Salt is very toxic to dogs and can cause a wide range of symptoms including:
- Extreme thirst/urination
- Edema (fluid buildup)
- High fever
- Increased heart rate
- Lack of energy
- Muscle spasms
- Breathing difficulties
- Stomach pain
- Swelling of the tongue
- Watery diarrhea
Sodium poisoning is a serious medical condition, so if your dog has ingested a large amount of soy sauce, then call the vet immediately. This is a medical emergency.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Salt Toxicity in Dogs
The vet will perform a physical exam, along with lab tests to check your fur baby’s sodium levels. They may also do an EKG to check your dog’s heart, as well as x-rays, MRI, CT scan and/or an ultrasound to check for possible damage to the brain, heart, and lungs.
Once your vet has diagnosed salt poisoning, then your dog will more than likely need to spend a few days in the hospital. This is because the vet will have to gradually reduce the sodium in your dog’s system. If done too quickly, it can cause a heart attack or other serious health issues. In most cases, it can take as long as three days to bring down the sodium levels. The vet will treat any other symptoms your dog is having, too.
The prognosis is good for most dogs who receive prompt medical care after ingesting a large amount of soy sauce.
So, if your dog has only a bit of soy sauce, he should be OK. However, if he drinks quite a bit of this liquid, then you should call the vet right away. Your dog’s life may depend on prompt treatment for salt poisoning.