Is sorbitol the same as xylitol for dogs? The short answer is: Sorbitol is considered to be safe for dogs, especially in moderation. While some artificial sweeteners like xylitol are toxic to dogs, sorbitol isn’t one of them. If anything, the sweetener is often added to a wide range of dog foods and pet toothpaste.
How much sorbitol can a dog eat? In dogs, doses > 0.1 g/kg are considered toxic and result in profound, sudden problems. Higher doses (> 0.5 g/kg) of xylitol have been associated with acute hepatic necrosis.
Does sorbitol cause diarrhea in dogs? Sorbitol is a plant-based sugar alcohol that’s used as a sweetener in many products, including sugar-free foods, laxatives and other medications. Due to its laxative capabilities, loose stools or diarrhea can occur if consumed in large doses.
Can dogs have sorbitol and mannitol? Households with dogs are better off avoiding products that contain xylitol. Be aware that some products containing xylitol don’t always list it as an ingredient: some products may just say “sugar-alcohol”, which can refer to sorbitol or mannitol. These latter sugar-alcohols are not toxic to dogs.