Can Dogs Eat Teriyaki Chicken? Is It Safe?

If you are fond of your dog, likely, you always want him to nibble off your plate when you are eating something delicious.

You give him one bite of your teriyaki chicken, and he keeps coming back for more.

You know it is not right, but it is almost impossible to say no.

So, can dogs eat teriyaki chicken?

No, dogs should not eat teriyaki chicken.

Giving your dog teriyaki chicken is a health risk.

Teriyaki chicken contains high sodium levels, sugar, xylitol, and soy sauce, which can negatively affect your dog.

In this article, we will look at the different ingredients used to make teriyaki sauce and the adverse health effects on your dog.

We will also consider healthier teriyaki sauce options and what to do when your dog eats teriyaki chicken.

Teriyaki sauce ingredients

Chicken is not bad for dogs.

However, when cooked using teriyaki sauce, chicken becomes unhealthy for dogs.

Teriyaki sauce contains ingredients that are unhealthy for dogs.


A small amount of sugar in your dog’s diet is healthy.

Sugar provides your pet with energy.

However, excessive amounts of sugar will adversely affect your dog’s health.

Consumption of too much sugar can lead to obesity, tooth decay, diabetes, and many other health conditions associated with sugar.


Soy sauce, a significant ingredient in making teriyaki, has high salt levels.

Your dog’s health is in danger if it is eating excessive salt.

When consumed in excess, salt can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and incoordination in dogs.


Teriyaki chicken contains amines which can bring about health problems for your dog.

Histamine and tyramine are found in the soy sauce used to make the teriyaki.

High levels of amines can cause food poisoning in dogs.


It is hard to believe that this tasty ingredient can cause health problems for your dog.

Some dogs are hypersensitive to garlic, and they may show symptoms immediately after eating it.

Dogs that are allergic to garlic will show symptoms like diarrhea, dehydration, abdominal pain, and lack of appetite.

Garlic can cause a life-threatening condition in dogs known as hemolytic anemia.

Hemolytic anemia causes the dog’s body to destroy its red blood cells.

Dogs with hemolytic anemia show various symptoms, including lethargy and pale gums.


Xylitol is commonly used in the place of sugar for foods consumed by humans.

It is safe and healthy for humans to consume xylitol.

However, dogs and other animals can suffer food poisoning when they consume this compound.

When you feed your dog ingredients containing xylitol, you may observe the following symptoms: vomiting, lethargy, and incoordination.

The symptoms will be as severe as the amount of xylitol the dog has consumed.


Mirin is a type of  Japanese rice wine.

It is at times added to teriyaki sauce to achieve a sweet-sour taste.

Although mirin makes the chicken tasty, it can lead to liver failure, obesity, and seizures in dogs.

Onion powder

Onion powder causes stomach bloating and vomiting in dogs.

Raw onions and onion powder are not suitable for dogs. Feed your dog only small portions of any food containing onions.

What to do when your dog eats teriyaki chicken

Although you may have resolved never to feed your dog teriyaki sauce, the inevitable can happen.

Your dog might find your plate of delicious juicy teriyaki chicken unattended and eat a good portion.

Your dog is likely to experience diarrhea and vomiting soon after consuming a lot of teriyaki chicken.

If the effect is not so profound, the issue will likely resolve itself a few hours later.

However, if the symptoms persist for hours, take your dog to the nearest vet.

The vet will help your dog to vomit the teriyaki chicken.

If your dog is allergic to the ingredients, he will likely show severe symptoms like vomiting immediately after eating the chicken teriyaki.

The vet will administer charcoal and activated fluids to prevent dehydration.

Can dogs eat teriyaki chicken

How to make healthy and safe homemade teriyaki sauce for your dog

If you love your dog enough, you will want to make a healthier teriyaki chicken alternative.

You can make a healthier teriyaki sauce than the traditional Japanese option with a few effortless ideas.

What you need:

  1. 6 tablespoons of liquid aminos
  2. 2 tablespoons of honey
  3. 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
  4. 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil
  5. 1 teaspoon of arrowroot starch
  6. 1 ½ teaspoon of ground ginger


Mix all the ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.

Once ready, drizzle the delicious sauce on a cooked chicken and enjoy with your furry friend.


How will I know if my dog is allergic to teriyaki chicken?

If your dog is allergic to any ingredients in the teriyaki chicken, you will notice unusual symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, abdominal pain, or other adverse symptoms.

Your dog may show these symptoms after eating teriyaki chicken.

Visit your vet to get medical advice if your dog develops such symptoms.

Is there medication to treat my dog if he is allergic to teriyaki chicken?

If your dog is allergic to any ingredient in the teriyaki sauce, the vet will administer treatment based on the symptoms observed.

If your dog reacts negatively to eating teriyaki chicken, the best thing to do is to seek medical advice from a certified vet.

Which dog breeds can eat teriyaki chicken?

No dog should eat teriyaki chicken.
Teriyaki chicken is not a healthy food option for all breeds of dogs.
The teriyaki sauce ingredients will negatively affect the health of any dog breed.
It is possible to have a healthy dog if you resolve to always to feed him right.
Even after making a healthier version of the teriyaki sauce, feed your dog small portions.
Overeating the ‘healthy’ teriyaki sauce will cause tooth decay in dogs.

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