With all the delicious foods out there, it is only reasonable to want to share them with your best friend So if the barista at your favorite coffee shop asks, "would you like whipped cream on that?" shouldn't he ask your doggo as well? Absolutely!
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So, if you are wanting to share in the fluffy delight of whipped topping with your fluffy pal, you may be wondering about the dog-friendliness of whipped cream? Is whipped cream toxic to dogs? Can dogs eat whipped cream?
What is whipped cream?
Included in French and Italian recipes dating back to the 16th century, whipped cream is a sweet and fluffy delicacy and well-known dessert staple. One can make whipped cream from scratch, or buy it from a pressurized can, but however one enjoys whipped cream, the end product seems pretty self explanatory: whipped cream is cream that is, well, whipped. Interestingly enough, cream only whips at temperatures under 50 degrees. So, if you try to whip cream at a temperature any warmer than that, that cream will turn into butter.
Can dogs eat whipped cream?
It depends. Small amounts of whipped cream probably will not hurt your dog, however, dogs are known to be lactose intolerant. Too much dairy, or even any at all, can trigger symptoms such as loose stools, gas, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. While a little bit of whipped cream may not be poisonous to your dog, it certainly isn't great for him. Make sure to consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any new foods, especially human treats!
What is a Puppuccino?
Have you ever seen a doggo on social media slurping up their own Starbucks drink? Chances are their human ordered them a Puppuccino off of the secret menu! A Puppuccino is merely a dollop of whipped cream in a Starbucks cup, but boy, is it cute. The question is, is this healthy for your dog?
While whipped cream isn't a red flag toxin for dogs, if your dog has a sensitivity to dairy (as many dogs do), a Puppuccino may not be the treat for him, no matter how adorable it may be. Order yourself a human-cino this time around, and give your friend a fresh bowl of water and lots of pets when you get home!
The best ways to feed whipped cream to dogs
If your dog seems to be ok with a little lap of whipped cream, feel free to order him a Puppuccino for the road! Otherwise, the best way to feed whipped cream to dogs is in moderation. Lactose intolerance is extremely common in dogs, and you do not want to make your dog sick should he eat too much of the tasty treat!
Are there any concerns with feeding whipped cream to dogs?
Yes, there are some concerns with feeding whipped cream to dogs. While the whipped cream itself may not be toxic, it is very common for dogs to be lactose intolerant. Eating things like whipped cream or ice cream in excess can lead to symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or vomiting. Secondary concerns include the high fat and sugar levels which can cause pancreatitis and be problematic to dogs with diabetes and other underlying health conditions.
Be sure to check for additional ingredients in store-bought whipped cream that may be toxic to your dog. This includes any harmful artificial sweeteners, flavors, and preservatives.
While whipped cream isn't technically toxic to dogs, you should only give it to your pal in small amounts on special occasions. Most dogs are lactose intolerant, so more than a few licks of whipped cream will most likely end up in a stomach ache for your furry friend. Take your dog's sensitivities and health conditions into consideration before letting him indulge in a dairy-based treat like whipped cream or ice cream. And, as always, be sure to check for any potentially harmful ingredients before serving to your doggo.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.