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Can Dogs Eat Edamame? | Read Before You Feed!

can dogs have edamame

For those who aren’t familiar, edamame is a crunchy, delicious little treat that many use as an alternative to snack foods like potato chips.  Edamame is essentially immature soybeans still in the pod.  Whether you love edamame or this is your first time trying it, if you’re a dog owner, any snack you have will be a temptation to share with your pup.

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So, can dogs eat edamame? Edamame is safe for dogs to eat occasionally as long as it is prepared without seasonings and the beans are removed from the pod. However, soy is a common allergy in dogs. If this is your first time feeding your pup edamame, keep an eye on them afterwards for signs of an allergic reaction.

It’s important to remember, that even with the best of intentions, accidents happen and dogs can easily eat things they shouldn’t.  Unfortunately, even if those accidents aren’t fatal, they can result in huge, unexpected veterinary expenses.  That’s why we recommend all responsible dog owners get a free, online pet insurance quote from Healthy Paws.

Is Edamame Good For Dogs?

Edamame can make for a great, healthy treat for your dog.  While your dog typically gets all the daily nutrients he or she needs from their daily dog food, edamame offers plenty of health benefits for both you and your furry friend.  Some of the nutritional value provided by edamame includes protein, fiber, Vitamin C, and calcium.  Additionally, it’s high in omega-3 which helps your dog have a healthy coat and skin.

Is Edamame Bad for Dogs?

Edamame as an occasional treat is usually not bad for dogs.  However, there is debate as to the long-term benefits vs. health risks of soy.  While it’s approved for use in many dog foods, there are also many who say that it can cause various health issues like damaging your dog’s liver or thyroid.  Keep in mind that this is only referring to regularly consuming soy.  Giving your dog edamame as a treat rarely shouldn’t be a concern.

Edamame should always be enjoyed by your dog plain.  When additional ingredients are added, it becomes unhealthy and even dangerous.  Avoid pre-seasoned edamame commonly available at grocery stores.

Dogs can eat edamame raw, frozen, or steamed.  Make sure to remove the beans from the pods and avoid feeding your dog the pods.  The reason for this is that they are tough to digest and can give your dog an upset stomach.  They can also pose a choking hazard, especially to smaller dogs.

Finally, many dogs are allergic to soy.  For that reason, make sure to feed your dog a super small portion and watch them carefully afterwards to see if they have any reaction.  Remember, not all allergic reactions happen immediately.  Contact your veterinarian if you notice anything out of the ordinary.

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Other Varieties & Related Foods

Edamame Shells / Pods

No, the edamame shells (also known as edamame pods) should not be given to your dog.  They tough for them to digest properly and will likely result in an upset stomach.  Additionally, they pose a choking hazard, particularly to small dogs.

Edamame Beans

Yes, the beans are the part of the edamame that is safe for dogs to eat!  Just make sure it doesn’t have any seasonings on it and watch your dog carefully to monitor for allergic reactions.

In Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Edamame?

Yes!  As an occasional treat as long as your take the proper precautions they are a healthy snack for your dog.  Make sure to avoid feeding the pods, don’t add any seasonings, and monitor for allergic reactions.

Want to Learn More?

Check out these related articles from our “Read Before You Feed” series for more advice on safe foods for dogs!

Disclaimer: We are not veterinarians and this article should not be taken as medical or veterinary advice.  If you have any questions about your pet’s health or dietary needs, please contact your local veterinarian.