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Can Dogs Eat Teriyaki Chicken, Beef, Jerky, And Sauce?

With dog being such a popular pet as well as most dogs wanting to try the food that their owners are eating, it’s easy to see why so many people reach out and ask various questions about what foods they are able to feed to their dogs.

We have already answered a large number of the questions that we see dog owners asking to try and help as many of our readers as possible due to seeing so many questions.

One of the more common foods that we see people asking about is if dogs can eat teriyaki chicken or not.

Although this may sound like an easy and straight forward question, it’s not as easy to answer as the majority of people initially think.

Unfortunately, most of the advice that we see on social media about dogs eating teriyaki fail to take all of the possible situations into consideration and potentially put your dog at risk.

That’s why we have decided to publish our own article on letting dogs eat any type of food with teriyaki sauce be it chicken, beef or anything else.

Our table of contents should be able to help you skip to specific sections of the article that you may not need the information for but if you do eat a large number of different foods with teriyaki sauce on them then reading the full article will be worth it.

Can Dogs Eat Teriyaki Chicken?

Dogs can eat some types of teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, and other foods with teriyaki sauce on then without issue but this is not always the case.

Although teriyaki sauce is usually sweet, some can be spicey and should not be fed to a dog, some brands also add xylitol to their teriyaki sauce too and xylitol is toxic to dogs so they should be avoided too.

That said though, there are plenty of teriyaki products on the market that are sweet rather than spicey while also not having xylitol on their ingredients list.

These are considered safe for dogs to eat in small amounts and should not cause any problems with your dog but this is when your dog eats teriyaki sauce-covered foods as a part of a wider, balanced diet.

We have seen some people raise concerns about teriyaki chicken and beef products being too high in salt for a dog to eat but from the products we are aware of, their salt content is not actually too high.

The salt content in most teriyaki products should not be a major concern for most dog owners though but depending on the product, it might be worth quickly checking the ingredients list.

Can Dogs Eat Teriyaki Beef Jerky?

Some teriyaki beef jerky products are totally fine for dogs where as others can have additional spices or xylitol on the product that can make the product not safe for your dog to eat.

Most beef jerky products, even the teriyaki ones do often have additives in them too help prevent bacteria from setting in quickly that can also cause problems in your dog too.

Out of all the teriyaki products on the market, jerky is the main one where you will have to check the salt content before you give it to your dog.

The more expensive teriyaki beef jerky on the market tends not to have much salt in it making it ideal for dogs but the cheaper products can often have more salt so you should be more aware of the potential risk to your dog depending on the rest of its diet.

The same can be said about teriyaki chicken jerky and teriyaki biltong too with these being very popular in some areas.

Some people think that just because it is not beef jerky with teriyaki sauce on it then its salt content can be lower but the cheaper products often add salt as a preservative and xylitol to tweak the flavor with both of them being bad for dogs.

How Do You Know If Your Teriyaki Sauce Is Safe For Your Dog?

The easiest way to tell if your teriyaki sauce is safe for your dog is to check the ingredients label for any mention of xylitol and if it is listed on the label then totally avoid giving it to your dog.

The second thing that you should check is the taste of the teriyaki sauce, the general sweet sauces are usually fine for dogs but the spicey teriyaki variants tend to cause digestive upset in your dog.

Most of the non-jerky related teriyaki flavorings are not the high in salt but if the product is a teriyaki jerky or biltong then you should check the salt content on the label too.

Provided the teriyaki sauce passes these three quick and easy tests then it is generally considered safe to give to your pet dog and there really shouldn’t be much of an issue at all.

If you do give your dog teriyaki sauce and it does end up having problems with digestive upset or anything else then just be sure to never give your dog the sauce again.

Although rare, some of the general ingredients for teriyaki sauce can cause mild digestive upset in some dogs but it is usually not really an issue worth worrying about due to how rare it actually is.


That brings our article going over if you can give your dogs teriyaki chicken, beef, or sauce to eat to an end. We hope that we have been able to help as many of our readers as possible as well as help you realize the potential risks of giving your dog teriyaki sauce. Most of the people that we see asking about giving their dog foods covered in teriyaki sauce are doing it proactively and have already fed their dog a teriyaki based food without checking for these problems.

If your dog has already eaten a teriyaki covered food and is vomiting or having any other digestive upset then it should generally pass within a day or two. If the teriyaki sauce has xylitol listed on its ingredients list then we would recommend that you contact a veterinarian to be safe though.