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Sorbic acid

A representation of Sorbic acid

Sorbic acid is a preservative that is often used in food and veterinary medicines. It prevents the growth of molds, yeasts and bacteria and thus extends the shelf life of products. Sorbic acid is also known as E200 and occurs naturally in some fruits such as rowanberries.

Is sorbic acid harmful to dogs?

Sorbic acid is considered safe for dogs as long as it is ingested in small amounts. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set an acceptable daily intake (ADI) of 25 mg per kilogram of body weight. This means that a 10 kg dog can tolerate up to 250 mg of sorbic acid per day without suffering any adverse health effects.

What are the benefits of sorbic acid for dogs?

Sorbic acid has several benefits for dogs that you should know about. Firstly, it can improve the quality and safety of food and veterinary medicines by reducing the risk of microbial contamination. This is especially important for dogs with a weakened immune system or sensitive digestion.

On the other hand, sorbic acid can also have a positive effect on your dog's health. Sorbic acid is one of the so-called organic acids that can lower the pH value in the gastrointestinal tract. This can promote digestion and improve the absorption of nutrients. Sorbic acid can also inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria such as salmonella or E. coli and thus prevent infections.

What are the disadvantages of sorbic acid for dogs?

Sorbic acid also has some disadvantages for dogs that you should be aware of. Firstly, it can lead to side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting or skin irritation if overdosed. This can especially be the case for puppies, pregnant or nursing bitches or dogs with an allergy to sorbic acid.

Sorbic acid can also affect the natural flora in your dog's gastrointestinal tract. This can lead to an imbalance between beneficial and harmful bacteria and weaken your dog's immune system. Therefore, you should not feed your dog too many products containing sorbic acid or give him a probiotic supplement to support the intestinal flora.

Sorbic acid is a preservative that has both advantages and disadvantages for dogs. In small quantities, it is harmless and can even promote your dog's health. In high quantities, however, it can lead to side effects or a disturbed intestinal flora. Therefore, you should always pay attention to the ingredients of the products you give your dog and not exceed the recommended daily dose.


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If you notice any signs of hypersensitivity or poisoning in your dog, you should see your vet immediately. We are not a substitute for a vet, but we try to be as accurate as possible. Every dog reacts differently and we recommend you get a second opinion or consult your vet if in doubt.

Stay healthy and take good care of your four-legged friend!😊