My Dog Ate Agave Syrup What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Kyoko •  Updated: 03/04/23 •  3 min read
Dog Moderate Toxicity Level
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Dog Ate Agave Syrup

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Do you love to use agave syrup on pancakes and other foods? Many people enjoy this maple syrup alternative! We’re also pretty sure that dogs may try to eat agave syrup. After all, they want their fair share as a member of the pack! But what happens if a dog eats agave syrup?

Has your dog eaten agave syrup? Are you worried that agave syrup will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary if your dog eats something like this.

We’ve gathered information about agave syrup and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

What is Agave Syrup?

Agave syrup (also called agave nectar) is made from the blue agave plant. And this is the species of agave that’s also used to make tequila. Agave syrup is often used as a substitute for honey and maple syrup.

The syrup, made from the agave plant, contains fructose, glucose, water, some carbohydrates, and other substances. The sugars in the syrup are about 80% fructose and 20% glucose.

While agave syrup is considered safe for humans (in moderate amounts), what about dogs? Is agave syrup safe for dogs?

Agave Syrup & Dogs

The good news is that agave syrup is not toxic to dogs. However, it can cause health issues if a dog eats too much of the syrup. Like other syrups, agave syrup contains large amounts of sugar.

If a dog eats agave syrup on a regular basis, he could gain weight or become obese and develop diabetes, or other health issues, such as liver damage. So, it’s best not to give your fur baby too much agave syrup. It should only be given in small amounts and as a rare treat.

Symptoms of Agave Syrup Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice your dog has these symptoms if he’s eaten agave syrup:

If your dog has these symptoms, they could last between 12 to 24 hours. If these symptoms last longer than that, it’s time to call the vet. Persistent diarrhea and vomiting can cause your fur baby to become dehydrated.

Treatment of Agave Syrup Ingestion in Dogs

The vet may give your dog medications to stop diarrhea and vomiting. For dogs that are also dehydrated, the vet may give them an IV with fluids.

The good news is that most dogs will make a full recovery after eating agave syrup! However, in the future, it’s best to avoid giving your dog agave syrup. And be sure to keep the syrup out of his reach. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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