Dogs love sweetness, but we have to be careful because some sweet treats that are fine for people can be fatal to dogs.
Thankfully, monk fruit extract and monk fruit sweeteners based on erythritol are safe for dogs!
CAUTION: be very careful with the ingredients in your monk fruit sweetener. If Xytol is used instead of erythritol it can be rapidly fatal to dogs.
Monk fruit extract studies
Monk fruit has been tested in dogs that were fed very high doses of monk fruit for a month. There were no adverse effects noted.
Another ninety day study in dogs fed them 3 grams per kilogram of bodyweight per day of monk fruit extract. There was no difference in any blood, organ or tissue testing and all the dogs were healthy.
There is a third study showing that 3 grams per kilogram per day of monk fruit sweetener caused no changes in organ function, glucose levels or the internal state of any organs.
Based on these studies monk fruit extract seems safe for dogs.
I recommend The Grinning Monk monk fruit sweetener!
There is a one year study where erythritol was given to dogs in their diet at levels up to 3.5 grams per kilogram per day. The dogs remained healthy and didn’t show any adverse effects.
A second study fed dogs up to 5 grams per kilogram per day of erythritol as a single dose. This study confirmed erythritol is safe for dogs – even when taken in single high doses.
Monk fruit sweetener is safe for dogs
As long as you’re feeding your dog either monk fruit extract or a monk fruit sweetener made with only erythritol your dog can enjoy some sweetness without risk (and perhaps better breath?).
Be absolutely sure to avoid Xytol as an ingredient in your monk fruit sweetener as this will kill or badly hurt your dog.