As not all humans can tolerate lactose and dairy products, so it is with dogs; not every dog is lactose tolerant or can handle dairy products. If your dog happens to be lactose intolerant or has dairy allergy, then we do not advise that you feed your dog that whipped cream.
If your dog is healthy and has no allergy to dairy products and is lactose tolerant, you can sure go ahead to feed him some whipped cream once in a while.
Can Dogs Eat Whipped Cream
Whipped cream does not really have that much nutrients for it to be considered as healthy and safe for your dog. One nutrient in whipped cream that it is sure to be of benefit to your dog is the calcium present in it from the milk. The calcium content is good for building healthy teeth and strong bones in your dog.
For your dog who already has the issue of weight gain, feeding him with whipped cream will not exactly aid weight loss for him, rather, he is likely to gain some more weight. Diabetic dogs should also not be given whipped cream because of its sugary content.
Nutritional Value Of Whipped Cream
One cup and a half of whipped cream contains the following nutritional values:
- Calories – 400cal
- Protein – 3g
- Fat – 43g
- Carbohydrates – 3g
It also contains some other nutrients like vitamins A, D, E and K, Calcium and Phosphorus.
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Healthy Whipped Cream For Dogs
So there are a few types of whipped cream that are technically healthy and safe for your dog’s consumption. Here is a list of such healthy whipped cream for your dog:
Almond Milk Whipped Cream: Except your dog as almond allergy, Almond milk whipped cream is healthy and safe for your dog’s consumption.
Coconut Whipped Cream: Coconut whipped cream is generally safe for dogs. However, you must look out for the sugar content in it before giving some of it to your dog.
Vegan Whipped Cream: Vegan whipped cream is mostly made from Aquafaba (the liquid in canned chickpeas). This type pf whipped cream is safe for your dog’s consumption.
Although the three types of whipped cream mentioned above are technically safe for your dog’s consumption, you must check and be sure that there is no xylitol in any of the whipped creams as this would make them no longer safe for your dog but toxic and harmful to his health.
There is one type of whipped cream to never give your dog. That is Vanilla Whipped Cream. Vanilla extract is very toxic for your dog as it contains some alcohol content, which your dog has no business having. Keep your dog away from any food that is made with vanilla extract, including vanilla whipped cream.
Signs That My Dog Is Lactose Intolerant
Study shows that the most common food types that dogs are allergic to are dairy products, beef, eggs and chicken. Gluten allergy is a rarer kind of allergy in dogs.
Here are some signs that your dog is lactose intolerant:
Stomach upset, Diarrhea, Nausea, Gassiness and Bloating.
You must note that not every dairy product contains lactose and so, lactose intolerant dogs can still eat some dairy products like Cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt. Your dog can conveniently consume Cheddar cheese without having to worry about any probable health issues.
Greek yogurt provides your dog with lots of nutritional and health benefits like probiotics (good bacteria that fights against the bad bacteria in your dog’s system).
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What If My Dog Eats Whipped Cream?
Although whipped cream is not toxic for your dog in itself, it can be very dangerous for dogs who have lactose intolerance. Consuming whipped cream in excess could result in symptoms such as diarrhea, gassiness, bloating, nausea or constipation in your lactose intolerant dog.
Dogs suffering from diabetes would also be negatively affected if they feed on too much whipped cream, due to the presence of high fatty and sugar contents in it. It can also result in pancreatitis in dogs.
How Much Whipped Cream Should My Dog Eat?
As recommended by experts, dog treats should make up only 10 percent of your dog’s daily calories intake. The other 90 percent should come from his regular meals. For this reason, you must ensure not to feed your dog too much whipped cream due to its fatty content; a small lick should be just alright per time.
This is so that you do not break the 10 percent calories rule as breaking this rule could result in severe health issues for your dog like pancreatitis and obesity.
What Age Can Puppies Have Whipped Cream?
Although most breeders do not feed their puppies until they are mature enough, at about two to three months old, feeding your puppy small amounts of whipped cream occasionally should not harm him.
It is however necessary that we emphasize the need for moderation when feeding whipped cream to your dog, especially your little pup, since his system is still too tender to handle some food elements and he probably has some allergies that you are yet to find out.
Can Dogs Eat Whipped Cream Cheese?
Cream cheese, although not toxic or harmful to your dog, should be fed to your dog in moderation. This is because your dog does not need so much milk as his body cannot produce that much lactose to aid digestion of not just cream cheese but any other dairy products.
If this is the case, then feeding your dog with so much cream cheese could result in diarrhea and severe stomach upset. Also, there are other ingredients and flavors contained in cream cheese that could be toxic for your dog and can really upset his stomach.
What’s more? Cream cheese contains high fatty content that would do your dog more harm than good in the long run.
Can Dogs Eat Starbucks Whipped Cream?
Starbucks whipped cream is just the same as any other whipped cream you know. The simple difference between Starbucks whipped cream and every other whipped cream is that Starbucks whipped is poured into an espresso cup and called Puppuccino.
If your dog can eat any other regular whipped cream, then he can certainly eat Starbucks whipped cream.
As note of reminder, always ensure that you read the label on any whipped cream you are buying before going on to feed it to your dog.
Some cool whipped cream may have the famous artificial sweetener known as Xylitol or Birch sugar in them. This ingredient is highly toxic for your dog and trust me, you do not want to feed any food containing xylitol to your dog.