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This just shows that you aren’t a careless pet parent who’d just feed anything and everything to their baby puppers without any caution. So thanks for being awesome.
Every month, there are thousands of pets rushed in to vet ERs because they ingested something toxic for them. So kudos to you for not risking their lives.
Now let’s jump into the topic right away.
Dogs are curious creatures with food sometimes. While most times, their nose and food senses will tell them what’s right, sometimes they just go bonkers. They’ll put their mouth into just about anything, and that can cause trouble.
Also, many spoiled dogs will develop a behavioural issue- begging. They’d want to eat whatever their hooman is having. But they don’t know that most human foods aren’t safe for them. And your carelessness in this regard can cost them their life. Or badly threaten their health.
Take Cool Whip, for instance. It’s something we love. But is it safe for dogs as well? Let’s find out down below.
Can Dogs Eat Cool Whip?
Cool whip isn’t a particularly dangerous thing for dogs.
If your dog eats it in moderate quantities sometimes, say like a couple of times a week, then that shouldn’t be harmful. Although it’s not the same for all dogs.
Cool whip is a dairy product, and it depends on how your dog generally handles dairy products. If there hasn’t been unpleasant past experiences with dairy, then it’s okay to give them some cool whip.
But don’t make it a part of their routine diet. Because cool whip contains xylitol which is a toxic artificial sweetener. And feeding it too much to your doggo will cause a decline in their blood sugar which can invite health troubles like seizures, vomiting, and diarrhoea.
So, a short verdict? Cool whip isn’t the best diet option for dogs. But it’s not really harmful either. If your dog is fine with dairy products, then he’ll probably enjoy moderate quantities of cool whips.
But lactose intolerant dogs will have trouble with cool whip ingestion.
Can Puppies Eat Cool Whip?
Puppies have more sensitive stomach mechanisms when compared to adult dogs.
So be cautious with puppies. You can start giving them tiny quantities of cool whip and see how they respond to it.
If you see any adverse reactions in their health status or their activity levels, then stop immediately.
So, just like dogs, puppies can have cool whips in moderate quantities. But you’ll have to be more cautious with puppies than with adult dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Whipped Cream?
Yes. Whipped cream is safe for consumption for dogs. But in moderation.
Also, it’s best to see that your dog isn’t lactose intolerant. If your dog’s stomach is sensitive to dairy products, then beware and keep cool whip away from them.
One more thing, whipped cream is an okay option for dogs to consume. And not all dogs are fond of whipped cream. So it’s okay if your dog naturally rejects whipped cream. Don’t forcefully feed it to them, thinking that you are giving them something healthy.
If your dog isn’t interested in whipped cream, then look for other options which are tastier and offer better nutritional additions to your best friend’s diet.
What Is Cool Whip?
Cool whip is an American product that is a close copy of whipped cream. But it’s not the same.
A whipped cream is simply made by heavily whipping the cream. However, the cool whip has other ingredients as well, such as light cream, corn syrup, vegetable oil, etc. That way its texture is better than the whipped cream and it makes sweet dishes yummier.
Is Cool Whip Bad For Dogs?
It’s not the best food for dogs, but it’s not bad, either.
Your dog won’t show any reactions to moderate quantities of the cool whip if it isn’t lactose intolerant. However, large quantities can cause upset stomachs and health issues. That’s because cool whip contains a toxic component – xylitol. Excessive consumption of xylitol is harmful to dogs.
So, be wary about your dog’s consumption of cool whip. Only give it to them as treats during training or when you want to encourage their good behaviour. Or when it’s a special day.
Making cool whip a regular part of your dog’s diet isn’t advisable. However, if you still want to do that, it’s best that you seek diet tips from a professional or a vet.
Is It Safe For Dogs To Eat Cool Whip?
If your dog isn’t lactose intolerant, then moderate amounts of cool whip won’t bring any harm to your baby dog.
But if your dog has a stomach that’s sensitive to dairy products, then cool whip isn’t safe for them. And it’s best that you keep a cool whip away from the dog in such a case.
Also, how safe is a cool whip for a dog depends on several other factors as well, such as the dog’s breed, age, health status, size, etc.
For example, what’s too much cool whip for a small shitzu would be a bite-sized treat for a bullmastiff.
Also, some dog breeds are more sensitive to dairy products than others. It’s best that you keep your vet in the loop to know more about the safe consumption of cool whip for your dog.
Is Whipped Cream Good For Dogs?
No. Whipped cream in itself poses little to no danger for dogs.
But if your dog has a sensitive stomach that can’t handle dairy products, then that’s not a good thing. Because whipped cream is dairy, and it’ll likely upset your dog’s stomach upon consumption.
If that’s the case, then it’s best that you look for alternative dietary products for your dog. But if that’s not the case, then whipped cream is safe for the dog. But in moderate quantities. Because it has a higher fat content than what’s usually in a dog’s diet.
This means that higher quantities of whipped cream can be harmful to even those dogs who respond just fine to dairy products.
So, it’s better not to take any risks and feed whipped cream to your dog only in moderation. Also, there aren’t many nutritional offerings of whipped cream for the dog. Except for some quantities of calcium which is good for dog bones.
But there are so many other and better calcium sources for the dog. Try and opt for that instead of feeding whipped cream to the dog.
It may not do any harm, but why choose empty carbs and high fats when there are so many other better food options that your dog will love?
Cool Whipped Cream Portion Sizes for Dogs
Portion sizes of cool whips for dogs vary.
It really depends on the breed and the size of your dog. As a rule of thumb, you can feed them cool whipped cream in the same quantities as the size of their paw.
So let’s say you have a cute poodle. For it, a spoonful a day would be just enough. Anything above that can cause the right of xylitol poisoning.
If you have a bigger dog, then measure the safe quantity for them according to their paw size.
And again, these are safe quantities for those dogs who have no issues with dairy products and aren’t lactose intolerant. Those who can’t handle dairy products should stay away from cool whip at all costs!
Ingredients of Cool Whipped Cream
There are several cool whip alternatives available in the market with different brand names. All of them have somewhat similar ingredients with slight variations.
However, below are the ingredients common in most brands:
With different brands, the concentration of different ingredients may vary. Some may even have different ingredients altogether for flavourings and texture.
But all of them are processed and contain xylitol which can harm your dog if consumed in excessive quantities.
Types of Whipped Cream Favourable For Your Dog
Several types of whipped creams are available in the market, which can be confusing. So let’s clear the confusion all at once.
The best-whipped cream for your dog is the simple one that’s unsweetened. The only dangerous thing present in it would be the high-fat quantity which won’t be bothersome unless consumed in high quantities.
So yeah, that’s the best.
You can give cool whip to your dog as well, but that’s an unnecessary risk. Because it’s sweet, it can cause weight gain in dogs. And even make them diabetic upon regular consumption. Plus, there are some toxic ingredients present in there, such as xylitol.
It’s not worth taking the risk, right? And why take such chances when there are so many other better and more nutritional options available for your dogs.
Bottom line – a simple, unsweetened whipped cream in moderate quantities is the best and the most favourable for your dog. And that too only for dogs which are fine with dairy products.
If your dog isn’t compatible with dairy products, then it’s best that you keep them away from all whipped cream. Even the unsweetened ones.
Cool whip health risks for dogs
Cool whip in moderate quantities can be okay for dogs who aren’t lactose intolerant. Still, it’s not the best food option and can cause problems. Some of the issues that your dog can face upon consuming cool whip are listed below:
Gastrointestinal problems, Cardiac problems, Dental problems, and other problems such as weight gain, diabetes, etc.
These problems may not occur upon first-time consumption. But consistently feeding cool whip to your dog can easily cause these problems. And their severity may depend upon a lot of factors, such as your dog’s overall health status, breed, diet, age, etc.
That’s because cool whips aren’t made for dogs. They are made safe for human consumption. It’s just luck that dogs do fine with cool whips too. But there’s always a risk involved.
It’s only best and advisable that you keep cool whips away from dogs or feed it to them in limited quantities. That’ll keep them the healthiest.
If you want to bring more flavour and variety to your dog’s diet, then consult a vet and look for other safe options. Also, don’t just feed anything that the ‘internet’ says is safe for your dog.
Do your due diligence before you feed anything to the dog.
Because dogs have a sensitive stomach, and their health can take a serious hit if their diet isn’t proper.
Alternatives to Cool Whip for Dogs
There are several cool whip alternatives that you can try.
It’s best that you go down that road because cool whip contains xylitol, which can be toxic for your dog. And depending upon the quantity of consumption, it can cause several symptoms, from mild stomach discomforts to severe vomiting.
However, some alternatives are safer than cool whip.
You can try coconut whipped cream. That’s a safer whipped cream that’s made using coconut milk. Also it’s unsweetened, so there’s no risk of weight gain or bad dental hygiene for the dog.
You can also try giving your dog simple whipped cream without any sugar. That’s also a good alternative to cool whip.
But, there are several other food alternatives outside of the whipped cream category that are dense in nutrition and safe for consumption.
You can try new wet food for the dog, some new treats, or even a homemade recipe using ingredients that your dog love and his favourite meat option.
It all boils down to one thing – why take risks when there are safe food options available for your dog. Sure, you may feed your dogs some whipped cream on rare occasions. But making a part of their routine diet isn’t advised. Unless your vet thinks otherwise.
That’s because whipped cream is high in fat, and it’s prolonged consumption can cause health issues in dogs. It can even make them obese which itself is a critical problem to deal with.
Final Thoughts – What’s the relationship between cool whips and dogs?
The relationship between dogs and whipped cream is somewhat neutral, with a slight tilt toward the negative side.
Because any quantity of cool whip will bring with it xylitol which isn’t good for the dog. Plus, it has sweet flavours, bringing other set of health problems for the dog.
If you have to, it’s best that you feed regular, unsweetened whipped cream to your baby pupper. Or the whipped cream that’s made with coconut milk.
That said, cool whips aren’t the worst thing you can feed your dogs. Occasional spoonfuls or cups (depending upon the dog’s size) can actually make meal times enjoyable for the dogs!
But if your dog just ate it once or only rarely eats it then there’s nothing to worry about unless your dog is lactose intolerant. In that case, you’ll have to observe its behaviour, and if you see anything concerning, you may have to consult the vet.