If you are a coffee person, you have probably visited Starbucks several times. As a regular in the beverage franchise, you probably have heard of Puppuccinos.
Puppuccino is a free treat in a tiny espresso cup offered to dog owners to share with their furry friends. As you enjoy your cup of coffee, your fur baby is also well cared for.
Most dogs adore the treat, but is it safe for them? Yes, it is.
Veterinarians and dog experts agree that the beverage is okay for dogs occasionally. However, it is wise to consult your vet before giving it to your dog. That is because some toppings and ingredients in puppuccino may affect your dog.
What’s in Puppuccinos?
Puppuccino is typically whipped cream, a popular human treat as it adds a smooth blast of dairy and sugar. Though humans can tolerate whipped cream, not all dogs can.
Additives and flavors are also added to make the treat unique. Additionally, sweeteners and preservatives can be used when making the treat.
Since Puppuccino is made using different ingredients, it is important to look into them for your dog’s safety. Most ingredients are not toxic to dogs but will affect their quality of life by causing health issues such as obesity.
Below are common ingredients used in making Puppuccinos and their effects.
The base of any Puppuccino is cream, a dairy product with high lactose content. Some vets recommend that dairy products be kept away from a dog’s palate. Most dogs lack enzymes to break down their lactose content, leading to gastrointestinal issues.
Sweeteners And sugar
Dogs should not eat processed sugar as it can pose serious health risks. The only sugar that is fine for your furry friend to have are those that are naturally occurring, like in fruits.
Processed sugar impairs metabolic processes causing diabetes and weight gain in dogs. It can negatively impact their organs, affecting their quality of life.
While some whipped cream brands shy away from sugar because of health reasons, the sugar-free substitute is not safe for dogs. Xylitol is a common sweetener used to substitute sugar, and research on it has concluded that it can lead to kidney failure in dogs and a drop in blood sugar.
The barista can surprise your dog with a topping of any kind. Most of the toppings used are too sweet, adding to the sweetness of the treat. This will ultimately put your dog at risk.
When making Puppuccino, a common flavor used is vanilla extract. Though it is used in small amounts, the ingredient contains alcohol, which is toxic to dogs. Dogs can’t break down alcohol and will be at risk of its poisoning. If you decide to make some homemade whipped cream, ensure the flavor is alcohol-free.
Health Benefits of Puppuccinos
Just as with most human meals and snacks, dogs can get health benefits from having Puppuccino. The snack can be a great addition to your furry friend’s diet, especially when underweight.
Puppuccino also contains Vitamins and micronutrients that can benefit your furry friend. The cream is an excellent source of calcium which helps strengthen your dog’s teeth and bones. Puppuccinos can also assist in protecting your dog from sarcopenia, which is prevalent in aging dogs. The abundance of Vitamin D will strengthen the muscle mass in their bodies.
Can Puppuccinos be Bad for Dogs?
While Puppuccino is not a toxic treat to dogs, it does not mean you can give it to your dog every time you go to get a coffee. Lactose intolerance can be the biggest challenge in most dogs as they may not react well after tasting the treat. If your dog cannot process dairy products, keep them far away from Puppuccino.
If you don’t know if your dog is lactose intolerant, you can let them have a small portion of it and observe their reaction. If they exhibit diarrhea, gas, and vomiting symptoms, it will be best for them not to finish the tiny espresso cup.
If your furry friend does not have lactose intolerance, the most considerable risk will be overfeeding them the treat. A regular dose of Puppuccino can result in a few extra pounds, eventually leading to obesity.
Moreover, Puppuccinos contain saturated fats that can expose your dog to the risk of getting heart disease. The snack is also associated with canine diabetes when not taken in moderation. Due to the high quantity of sugar and sweeteners in the snack, diabetic dogs should not have any of it.
While it has health benefits, there are very few, and you will put your canine at greater risk if they have too much of the cream. Your dog can get the vitamins and nutrients and vitamins in Puppuccino from a healthier alternative snack.
How To Safely Feed Your Dog Puppuccinos
If you want your pooch to join in on the fun of having a sweet beverage, you can start by sharing a teaspoonful of whipped cream while at home. Their reaction will tell you if they will enjoy Puppuccino. You can then, occasionally, tag them along when going out for coffee.
The Puppuccino given in Starbucks to clients who walk in with dogs is free. Though Puppuccino is served in espresso cups, there is no actual caffeine in them.
To make the experience memorable, some baristas can surprise your dog with different flavors each time you go out for coffee.
To keep your furry friend healthy, it is advisable to substitute Puppuccino with a healthier alternative such as a dog-safe fruit or vegetable. This includes apples, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, watermelons, et cetera.
It is important always to monitor the calories in your dog’s meals, where snacks should not exceed 10% of their total daily calorie intake.
Now that dogs are acceptable in most public spaces, why not surprise your dog with a sweet treat once in a while? If your dog has no underlying health issues, it is okay to spoil them with a cup of Puppuccino.
Nonetheless, check with your vet before introducing any new foods to your dog to ensure it is safe.