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Puppuccino: What’s in them and are they even safe? (2022 update)

Puppuccino: What’s in them and are they even safe? (2022 update)

Dog owners LOVE taking their pups out for a Puppuccino, and let’s be real doggies love them too! You’ve probably taken your dog for a cup too! But have you ever wondered what exactly is in a Starbucks Puppuccino, and is it even safe for dogs? And how much does one even cost? We have all the answers!

Puppuccino – what is it?

A Starbucks Puppuccino is basically a tiny espresso size cup with whipped cream which is made specifically for our furry companions. Generally, milk products, including whipped cream are okay once in a while. That is if you give them to your dog in small quantities!

Dog eating a Puppuccino
Puppuccinos are safe for MOST dogs, but not for all!

So the short answer would be that a Puppuccino is safe for MOST dogs. However, you probably should check with your vet for advice on your individual dog.

As of 2022: Starbucks’ Puppuccino is a treat for dogs made with sweetened whipped cream, milk or water served in a small cup. It can also be served with some additional ice, in case your dog is hot. While Puppuccinos aren’t on the official Starbucks menu, baristas will whip up one on request. If you wonder how much a Starbucks Puppuccino cost, it’s completely free. But pet owners, don’t forget to leave a little tip for your dogs’ sweet treat.

But don’t forget that your furry best friend could also be sensitive to lactose. Many dogs, just like humans, are lactose intolerant. So if you notice that your dog has diarrhea, is vomiting, or has gas after consuming a milk product, then you should probably avoid Puppuccinos completely. It also depends on the size of your dog if and how much whipped cream he can have. We will talk more about that later on.

A picture of a dog eating a puppuccino in a car
Dogs love enjoying puppuccinos

How often should you get your dog eat it?

Keep in mind that Puppuccinos have basically no good nutritional value, so there is no point in giving them to your dog often.

Here’s the shocking nutritional value of whipped cream!

  • Saturated Fat – 70%
  • Total fat – 33%
  • Cholesterol – 25%
  • Protein – 6%
  • Sugar – 8g
Golden retriever puppy eating a puppuccino
Do you know the nutritional value of puppuccinos?

However, despite this low nutritional value, some dog owners love to treat their dogs to a cup. Now, there is nothing wrong with that if you view a Puppuccino as a SPECIAL treat you give your dog occasionally.

So to keep your pup healthy make the Puppuccino a special once in a while treat. Not as a regular diet plan for your dogs!

Should Lactose-Intolerant Dogs Drink Puppuccinos?

Although many dogs are lactose intolerant, little amounts of milk and milk products usually have no effect on them.

If your dog develops diarrhea, vomiting, or gas after taking a dairy product, you should definitely avoid it altogether. The Starbucks Puppuccino falls into this category.

If my milk or cream is about to expire and I want to use it up before it expires, I feed my dogs a modest bit — three to four teaspoons — and they don’t seem to mind.

However, I once went beyond and gave them larger bowls of milk — closer to half to three-quarters of a cup — and one of my dogs developed diarrhea. So I’m not going to try it again.

Larger dogs may be able to endure more because my dogs are under 20 pounds. A trip to the veterinarian for guidance wouldn’t harm either. Before you give your dog a Puppuccino, consult your veterinarian.

Should You Take Your Dog For A Puppuccino?

You might be wondering if you should take your furry best friend for a sweet treat the next time you go to your local Starbucks location for a Starbucks run

Why not give your dog a small sample size to see if he likes it and his stomach can take it? A little whipped cream doesn’t have that much dairy, so your dog should be fine.

If you’re wondering how much the Puppuccino will cost, look no further. The Starbucks Puppuccino is currently gratis. It’s completely free.

However, always remember to tip your barista. Why not pass the money on to the next generation?

You are the only one who can determine whether or not to take your dog through the drive-thru. A short call to the veterinarian for advice will assist you in making your decision.

Do you have a friend who frequents Starbucks with their dog? If you need a last-minute gift, get them a Starbucks gift card!

Have you ever given your dog a Starbucks Puppuccino? Or perhaps a quick bite from your favorite restaurant? Please share what goodies your dog enjoys when you’re out and about with him or her in the comments section below!

What’s the best way to order a Puppuccino?

Because the Starbucks app does not allow you to purchase a Puppuccino, the best way to order one is at the drive-thru window. After that make your pup happy by allowing him or her to eat their reward straight immediately. Simply tell your barista that your canine best buddy is in the car with you and would want a Puppuccino, according to Bark Post. This “hidden menu” treat is also known as a pup cup, or simply ask for a little cup of whipped cream for your dog, and the barista will know precisely what to make.

Don’t forget that Starbucks has a “no dogs in store policy,” unless the pet is a service dog. Outside the store, though, Starbucks will allow dogs. Fido may enjoy his treat next to you on the terrace when you secure your pup and dash in to pick up your mobile order plus a Puppuccino.

Are Puppuccinos Safe For Dogs?

Your dog will like the Puppuccino, but as a pet parent, you may be concerned about whether it is healthy for him.

Some individuals are understandably concerned that the doggie treat’s sugar and cream content may not be the best option.

However, because the portion size is so small, it won’t harm them if they eat it every now and then.

Furthermore, because the Puppuccino contains no caffeine, your pup will not get hyperactive after consuming one.

Of course, you can’t include it in your dog’s everyday diet without risking him becoming overweight due to the sugar and cream.

Furthermore, consuming too much of the sugary delicacy may result in dental issues in the future. So, as with everything else, moderation is crucial.

It’s a personal choice, but a Puppucino as a once-in-a-while or even weekly treat shouldn’t harm a healthy dog.

Is It Safe For Dogs To Drink A Starbucks Puppuccino?

Some dog owners may be concerned about the health consequences of giving their dog a sweet and sugary treat.

However, there are a few things to consider before purchasing a Puppuccino for your dog.

Some dogs, for example, are lactose intolerant and are unable to digest milk and milk products. They should not be provided Puppuccinos in that circumstance.

Lactose-intolerant dogs may tolerate a modest amount of whipped cream, but anything more substantial may cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Furthermore, the treat may be harmful to dogs with diabetes or other chronic illnesses.

Before getting a Puppuccino for your dog, visit your veterinarian if you have any doubts.

A woman in the United Kingdom claimed that her dog choked to death on the biscuits added to the Pupouccinos she requested.

As a result, this unfortunate and one-of-a-kind situation might be avoided by telling baristas not to add anything to the Puppuccino’s essential ingredients.

Is It Possible To Order A Starbucks Kittyccino?

Although there is no special Starbucks hidden menu item for cats, that hasn’t stopped some brave cat owners from finding a treat for their pets at Starbucks.

While the Puppuccino is too big for a cat to consume, a dollop of whipped cream on top will suffice.

Also, while some cats are lactose intolerant, many cats, like dogs, enjoy the flavor of whipped cream.

It may become an official Starbucks drink

Puppuccinos appear to be on their way to being part of the official menu. Starbucks filed a trademark application for the phrase “Puppuccino” in May 2021, after discovering that someone had already done so.

In August of 2020, Starbucks had to fight an already-registered trademark for Puppuccino. Some bright New Jersey applicant apparently tried to trademark the term, and the case ended up in court. As much as this was probably a hassle for the company, let’s be honest. We can estimate who won the case as a mega-corporation with a revenue of more than $5 billion in 2021. But it makes us question if Starbucks will soon introduce more dog-friendly drinks and menu items to its main menu. Perhaps a Catpuccino? We’ll just have to wait and see what pops up on the official Starbucks menu.


Yes, Starbucks Puppuccinos are safe for our furry friends, but you must include it in small amounts and only occasionally. So it’s completely fine to get your dog a small cup of his own puppuccino next time you go to Starbucks. It’s a perfect treat and your dog will think that it’s a good idea too. But don’t forget that it isn’t a replacement for actual dog food.

Big amounts of whipped cream in your dog’s diet is definitely not advisable. It can make them obese, the dog could get diarrhea, start vomiting, get gas, bloat or other types of digestive issues. Dogs can even develop dental cavities on regular intake of whipped cream or heavy cream.

But if you don’t live near a Starbucks, don’t worry. Just like there are so many copycat Starbucks drinks, there is also a copycat Puppuccino. Because don’t forget, it’s basically just heavy cream.

My name is Jackie and I am a veterinarian with a degree in veterinary medicine. With extensive experience in treating various animals, I am known for my compassionate and personalized approach to animal care.