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Is sorbitol dangerous for dogs? It’s listed as an ingredient in my bichon/poodle mix’s toothpaste.

- Brandon

Dear Brandon,

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. However, the amount of sorbitol in pet toothpaste used for brushing your pooch’s teeth is not likely to be an issue.