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Is Erythritol Safe for Dogs? (Guide for Keto Dog Owners)

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Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that dogs can not metabolize, therefore it is safe for dogs.

Many pet owners are concerned about their pets getting sick if they consume something that could make them ill, or worse. These owners who may also happen to be on a sugar-free diet or keto diet will often ask, is erythritol safe for dogs?

This may seem like a strange question at the outset.

But how is it any different from any other feeding concerns?

Like if a dog is able to have honey, gluten, eggs, etc.?

Because it’s no secret that pet owners often share their food with their dogs (and cats) every now and then, as a treat!

What is Erythritol?

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Erythritol is a sugar substitute that’s made from fruits and vegetables.

It is a natural sweetener, but it’s also made synthetically. It has about 70% of the sweetness of sugar with fewer calories.

The relative sweetness of erythritol is also sustained during heat treatment, which makes it attractive for cooking and baking. It also does not brown, or caramelize, when heated.

Erythritol has a clean sweet taste without the off-tastes that are sometimes associated with other sugar alcohols, making it ideal for use in flavored products.

It has a history of safe use as a sweetener and flavor enhancer in food and beverage products and is approved for use by government regulatory agencies of more than 60 countries in the areas of food, drinks, confectionery, pharmaceuticals, oral health products, and general consumer goods.

Classified as a sugar alcohol (polyol), it has been approved for use in the United States, Japan, and throughout much of Europe.

This sweetener does not promote tooth decay or affect blood sugar levels, and it is partially absorbed by the body, excreted in urine and feces.

Erythritol has a high digestive tolerance (no laxative effect), is low on the glycemic index, and does not affect blood sugar or insulin levels.

The information provided in this post should in no manner replace medical advice for your dog or pet. Please seek knowledge from a licensed veterinarian if you are not sure about the safety of different food products.

Is Erythritol Safe for Dogs (Guide for Keto Dog Owners) Dog Breeds

What Amount of Erythritol Can My Dog Eat that is Safe?

Erythritol can cause gastrointestinal distress in dogs if consumed in too large amounts. A year-long study done about the safety of erythritol and dogs concluded that daily erythritol consumption of up to 3.5 g/kg body weight was well tolerated.

However, erythritol can cause gastrointestinal distress in dogs if consumed in too large amounts.

The table below describes the amounts of erythritol that can be safely tolerated by the 25 most popular breeds in North America (2021):

BreedAverage Weight (kg)Amount of Erythritol (g)
Retrievers (Labrador)25 – 3687.5 – 126
French Bulldog10 – 1535 – 52.5
Golden Retriever27 – 3694.5 – 126
German Shepard27 – 3894.5 – 133
Standard Poodle20 – 3270 – 112
English Bulldog22 – 2577 – 87.5
Beagle11 – 1638.5 – 56
Rottweiler36 – 55126 – 192.5
German Shorthaired Pointer20 – 3270 – 112
Standard Dachsund 7 – 1424.5 – 49
Pembroke Welsh Corgi10 – 1435 – 49
Australian Shepard18 – 2963 – 101.5
Yorkshire Terrier310.5
Boxer25 – 3287.5 – 112
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel5 – 917.5 – 31.5
Doberman Pinscher29 – 41101.5 – 143.5
Great Dane45 – 91157.5 – 318.5
Miniature Schnauzer5 – 817.5 – 28
Siberian Husky16 – 2756 – 94.5
Burmese Mountain Dog34 – 54119 – 189
Cane Corso40 – 50140 – 175
Shih Tzu4 – 814 – 28
Boston Terrier5 – 1117.5 – 38.5
Pomeranian1.5 – 35.25 – 10.5
Havanese5 – 817.5 – 28
Average Weight Range for Fully Grown Male and Female Dog Breeds

Examples of Erythritol Consumption For Dogs

As you can tell from the examples above, the maximum amounts of erythritol allowed for each breed are quite a lot!

So it is highly unlikely that you would give your dog an amount of erythritol that exceeds any of the recommended daily maximum amounts.

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What Are The Side Effects If My Dog Eats Too Much Erythritol?

Erythritol is considered safe for dogs but in large quantities, gastrointestinal symptoms may occur.  These symptoms may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Loose stools
  • Flatulence

Your dog can have one or all of these symptoms, but if any of the signs are severe then you should talk to your vet immediately.

Vomiting and diarrhea are common indications that there’s something wrong with their stomach; even flatulence could mean they’re suffering from an illness that requires treatment by a vet just as much as it does when other animals do!

Which Other Sweeteners Are Safe Besides Erythritol for a Dog to Eat?

There are two categories of sweeteners that are safe for dogs to eat: “safe” and “generally safe.”

“Safe”“Generally Safe”
Stevia –  naturally produced sweetener from the stevia plant. Stevia is safe for dogs to consume, but in large quantities, it can cause diarrhea. Aspartame – an artificial sweetener that contains two ingredients: aspartic acid and phenylalanine. There are no serious health effects aside from minor gastrointestinal problems.
Monkfruit – natural sweetener extracted from a small, green gourd that resembles a melon. It is similar to Stevia, and generally safe if consumed by dogs.Saccharin – an artificial sweetener made through the oxidization of o-toluene sulfonamide (or phthalic anhydride). It is safe for dogs but can cause gastrointestinal issues.
Sucralose – is a natural sweetener made from sugar, though chemically modified to be 600x sweeter than sugar. It is generally safe but can cause diarrhea in dogs.

Which Sweetener Is Unsafe for Dogs to Eat?

Xylitol is highly toxic for dogs and potentially fatal if consumed. It is a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in plant materials including many fruits and vegetables.

It is found in many sugar-free candies, mints, and chewing gum because it does not contribute to tooth decay, like natural sugar.

Pet owners, dog owners more specifically, should read food labels carefully especially if the pet can easily access them.

Some common foods that may contain xylitol are:

  • packaged sugar-free foods
  • baking mixes
  • sugar-free candies and mints
  • low calorie or sugar-free condiments (syrups, jams, etc.)
  • “diet” flavored water and drinks
  • protein powders and shakes
  • low calorie or sugar free chocolate
  • reduced sugar peanut butter
  • toothpaste and other oral hygiene products
  • vitamins and supplements


For more information about products and brands that contain xylitol
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What is The Best Advice Regarding Dogs and Erythritol?

Keep all pre-packaged sugar-free foods out of reach from your dog and other pets to avoid gastrointestinal issues or even poisoning.

All things considered, erythritol is safe for dogs to eat however, too much may lead to gastrointestinal issues in some pets.

And any foods containing xylitol are unsafe due to their toxicity level (sugar alcohol) and should never be given to dogs.

It’s important to keep in mind though, that the amount of sweetener you give your dog will depend on the weight of your breed so make sure you know their weight before feeding them any amount of erythritol!

Ideally, it’s best not to regularly feed your pet foods containing erythritol if possible.

As an occasional treat though, it should be just fine!



    • familyandglamour
      November 2, 2021 / 8:40 am

      I’m so happy you found it useful! 😊

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