Are you a dog owner and also an avid coffee drinker? If so, you’ve probably seen people in the drive-thru with their dogs, waiting for puppuccinos. But are these tasty treats actually harmful to our dogs’ health?
What are Pupuccinos?
An espresso cup filled with whipped cream is called a puppuccino or pup cup. This secret menu item has been all the rage lately among pet parents around the world. Who doesn’t love taking their dog on a trip to get coffee and give him a tasty treat? You may be wondering, “Well, how much is a puppuccino?” The great thing about puppuccinos or pupcups is that most coffee shops offer them for free! This allows your furry friend to enjoy his own delicious “coffee” drink while you indulge in your daily caffeine.
Can dogs even have whipped cream?
Whipped cream often contains preservatives to make it shelf stable. The good thing is that these preservatives may not necessarily be toxic to dogs.
Most domestic dogs are lactose intolerant, meaning they should not consume large amounts of dairy products milk products because they contain lactose and will cause an adverse reaction in your dog. However, for most dogs it doesn’t hurt to enjoy themselves every now and then. It is best to give your dog a dairy alternative, such as whipped cream made from coconut milk.
If you notice that your dog has diarrhea or other concerning symptoms, including vomiting or excessive gas after eating a product containing milk or dairy products, it is best to avoid feeding your dog dairy entirely. This includes offering your dog a puppuccino or a pup cup.
Is a Puppuccino bad for your dog?
While there’s nothing in whipped cream or puppuccinos that is outright bad for your dog, that doesn’t mean whipped cream and other dairy products are necessarily good for your furry friend. The biggest risk for most dogs is consuming too much whipped cream and overdoing what their stomachs can handle. It’s best to only offer your dog a small amount at first and see how he responds to avoid unwanted stomach upset and mess in the house.
So should you continue to take your dog on trips to your local coffee shop to get a puppuccino? The short answer is yes! A puppuccino offered in moderation is fine for a healthy dog. It is best not to make a habit of this as it can lead to negative health consequences in the long run. Whipped cream consists mainly of fat from whipped cream, which makes the dog’s pancreas have to work harder to produce insulin. Dogs that regularly consume too much whipped cream can develop obesity or diabetes.
If your dog has gotten used to going to the coffee shop to get a puppuccino, try an alternative. Try offering your dog a healthier option, such as carrots, blueberries or celery, instead of his usual sweet treats.
If you are wondering whether puppuccinos are suitable for your dog to eat, you should consult your vet. They can give you advice about your dog’s health, so that your dog stays happy and healthy.