We all like to give tasty foods for our little buddy. But unlike for humans, not all food may good for your pet. Some foods have higher cholesterol, and some have high sugar, some may turn your small pet to a chubby one because of the fat. I saw most of the people are not paying attention to this food part. Because everybody thinks that after all dog is a dog, he can eat whatever nasty things you throw at him.
So if you really love your dog, you have to give exclusive foods for him. Otherwise, you will fall into the category that who don’t a need or want a dog. Check this link (8 Things To Consider Before You Bring a Dog Home) to see the facts to consider to decide whether you should need a dog or not.
So back to Tofu. Let’s see what Tofu is and can dog eat tofu?
What is Tofu?
Tofu is made by using condensed soy milk. Then it is going through a process like cheese making where those milk will be pressed into solid white locks. Tofu’s origin country is China. Folks say that two thousand years ago while a Chinese cook tried to make a food accidentally batch of fresh soy milk was mixed with Nigari and output was this Tofu.
When salt is extracted from the seawater, you get Nigari. Nigari helps to keep the Tofu’s solidity and to keep its shape.
Nutrition Fact of Tofu
Protein and calcium are high in Tofu. It contains a mixture of amino acids and necessary vitamins and minerals. Some of the significant vitamins are
Antinutrients of Tofu
Like all the plant-based foods out there Tofu contains antinutrients. Antinutrient is a natural compound that comes with plant-based foods which reduce the ability to absorb nutrition to the body. Tofu mainly contains,
- Phytate ( phytic acid ) : This will reduce the absorption of minerals in a meal. These minerals include Zinc, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium.
- Trypsin inhibitors : This is presented in foods like soybeans, cereals and grains. This is act as a defence mechanism. By having this in foods, the wild animal gets a signal that these foods should be avoided. Trypsin is interfering with the digestion of Protein.
To reduce this antinutritional effect of these foods, soaking overnight is the best way as it will reduce these Phytate and Trypsin and increase the nutrition value.
Is Tofu Toxic for Dogs?
Even Tofu is not categorised as a toxic food you should not give Tofu to your dog regularly. It would be best if you can give animal-based nutrition to your dog. Sometimes you may see products in the market that may contain soy as the main ingredient for dog foods. Most manufactures do this because soy is cheaper than other meat proteins. But this is an arguable topic, and for the safe side, you should give a balanced diet to your dog, not a tofu diet.
As a pet parent, I am giving Tofu to my dog once a week. Yep, my dog seems to like them. But considering these facts, I decided not to give him too much.
Is Tofu Good for Dogs?
First thing you must keep in your mind that dogs are not vegetarians. By genes, they belong to the predator family. I talked about this in one of my articles called Why do dogs like bones. In there, I explained that according to the researches, modern household dogs are descended from ancient wolves. On those days, they were lived by hunting. And on those days there was not a thing called Tofu. They got their primary nutrition needs from meat. So is your dog.
As a pet parent, you should more focus on your dog’s diet plan and make sure to add food that is intended for dogs nutrition requirements. Even though I mentioned that Tofu has a high level of proteins, Tofu’s protein doesn’t have the proper protein structure required by dogs to develop their bodies.
Are Dogs Allergic to Tofu?
Today research has confirmed that any food deriving from soybeans has a risk for cancers. Also, some dogs tend to show allergic symptoms for tofu. So if you happened to give a lot of Tofu for your dog and this is the first time you know about this risk you should watch for the following symptoms in your dog. These are common allergic reactions that will show your dog.
- Bloated abdomen
- Pale nose or mouth
- Difficulty for breathing
- Dropping saliva from mouth uncontrollably (Excessive drooling)
- Chewing his Feet
Also, in some cases, dogs may get issues in the tummy. This is called Canine Bloat. It happens because soybeans cause gas in their stomachs.
So if you happened to see these symptoms go for a VET. Maybe your dog got a severe allergic which may require proper medicine.
Kidney Stones in Dogs
In Tofu there are high levels of Silicate available. So if your dog overeats a lot of silicate will process by kidneys and that will leads to develop kidney stones.
So in this article I covered can dog eat tofu? Actually tofu is not bad food. But it seems like some dogs show allergic reactions to soy-based products. On the other hand, tofu is not a replacement for meaty foods. Your dog needs meat-based proteins for better growth. If you want to give Tofu for your dog, don’t do it daily. Once or twice a week is more than enough. So Yes they can eat but be careful.
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