Can Dogs Eat Tofu? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
Most dogs can enjoy tofu as long as it’s in moderation. Adding in a bit of tofu to your dog’s food can be beneficial from time to time as tofu is known for offering a number of health benefits such as having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
How much tofu can a dog have?
Tofu isn’t toxic to dogs but it’s important to limit the amount your dog eats in one sitting. One reason for this has to do with soybeans (the main component of tofu). Soybeans are known for causing excessive gas. Dogs that eat too much tofu and other soybean-based products may end up with health problems like canine bloat.
As a general rule of thumb, we would not give your dog more than inch-sized block of tofu per day. The amount of tofu that is safe for dogs to eat will change based on factors such as the dog’s weight. You can get more clarity on this from your vet.
One last thing to keep in mind before you feed your dog any tofu pieces is the allergy risk. Soy is a common food allergen among dogs so make sure your dog isn’t allergic to it before you feed him some tofu.
How to prepare tofu for dogs
Dogs can eat tofu raw or cooked. What’s most important is controlling the amount of tofu you give to your dog. Make sure they only eat plain tofu. Soy sauce-marinated tofu, for example, isn’t healthy for dogs due to the high sodium content. If you want to give your dog cooked tofu, the preferred cooking method is to bake or boil the tofu. Avoid feeding your dog tofu that has been fried with oil as the fat content from the cooking oil won’t be great for dogs.
You can learn what else is or isn’t safe for dogs to eat by visiting our human foods for dog database.