We all love some whipped cream. Either on top of our hot chocolate or ice cream, it is just makes everything taste better. That’s why we often feel tempted to share it with our loving pups — but can dogs eat whipped cream? Or should we avoid giving them any?
Can dogs eat whipped cream?
While whipped cream isn’t dangerous for dogs, there are still some things to keep in mind. Firstly of all, whipped cream basically has no nutrients. It’s just fat, sugar and dairy. Therefore, it definitely isn’t healthy for your pup. And it’s also a calorie rich snack. On top of that, the dairy isn’t also the best choice for dogs. Many dogs are lactose intolerant and dairy products, just like whipped cream, will cause stomach discomfort. That why you shouldn’t feed any whipped cream to your dog if he is lactose intolerant. However, even if your dog isn’t, still keep the whipped cream at small amounts. Calorie rich meals lead to weight gain, which can eventually lead to obesity.
Is whipped cream ever good for dogs?
The only benefit that whipped cream will bring to your dog is that it will make him happy for a second. But other, much healthier, snacks can do that too. Whipped cream has over 50 calories in just one tablespoon. It’s packed with sugar and fat and should definitely be avoided as a regular snack. If you think that your dog really enjoys whipped cream and want to treat him to it every now and then, keep it in small quantities!
Other problems with whipped cream
Besides the weight issues, whipped cream can also lead to dental issues such as cavities. And whipped cream could be especially harmful for dogs sensitive to dairy.
Surprisingly many dogs are lactose intolerant. However, their sensitivity to dairy varies. If your unsure if your dog is sensitive to dairy, always start slow. Start with small quantities and monitor any possible changes.
Besides this, whipped cream is packed with sugar, therefore you also should give it to your dog if he has diabetes.
It’s also very important to note that the famous Puppuccino is basically just whipped cream. So no matter how cute of an Instagram photo you could get, just skip it the next time you go to Starbucks.