Whipped cream is not healthy, but neither is it bad for dogs in small, occasional quantities.
Dogs do not digest dairy products well, but a small portion will not cause any digestive distress, provided the dog does not have any allergies or intolerances.
The cream contains high levels of sugar and saturated fat, which can cause weight gain for gain if they have whipped cream regularly. Overweight dogs are at risk of joint problems due to carrying excess weight and they are also at greater risk of developing heart and lung problems.
The sugar in whipped cream can also cause a dog to develop diabetes if they eat it regularly. Diabetes is a lifelong condition that must be managed with injections of insulin to stabilize blood glucose levels.
Can dogs have whipped cream from Starbucks?
A Starbucks puppuccino is a small cup (espresso size) with whipped cream, sold specifically for dogs.
You can ask for larger sizes, but this is not recommended unless the puppuccino is being shared between multiple dogs.
Larger dogs can tolerate bigger portions of whipped cream, however, it is still not advisable to give them too much too quickly.
If you want to introduce your dog to whipped cream, start with one or two teaspoons, once per week and see how their body reacts. You can increase from a teaspoon to a tablespoon after a few weeks, then try a small cappuccino as an occasional treat.
Too much whipped cream ingested in a short period of time can cause vomiting, diarrhea and gas, which is uncomfortable for your dog to experience.
Does whipped cream give dogs diarrhea?
Yes, whipped cream can cause diarrhea. For tiny and small breeds, more than a few tablespoons is enough to cause an upset stomach. The larger the dog, the more they can tolerate.
Dogs with an intolerance to lactose will likely experience diarrhea if given whipped cream.
To avoid your dog suffering diarrhea or any other related issues, you should make puppuccinos from home. Using a double cream or heavy cream with low sugar content is much better for your dog and is less likely to cause digestive upset.
Are Puppuccinos safe for dogs?
Puppuccinos are safe for dogs to eat if they are given only as an occasional treat and in small portions. It is better to let your dog have a few licks and give them breaks in between, so they are not ingesting the entire portion at once.
As long as your dog does not have any adverse reactions to eating a puppuccino, they can have one every other week or less without risking any health problems in the future.
To protect your dog’s teeth from the sugar in whipped cream, you should brush his teeth after giving him a puppuccino. This will keep his teeth clean and healthy, preventing tartar build-up and bad breath.