Dogs can eat whipped cream, but the big question is if they are lactose intolerant or not. Dogs, like humans, can develop an intolerance to lactose and it can become worse with age. This issue can lead to severe diarrhea, cramps, bloating, and gas. Bloating can be serious in dogs, so this is a concern you might have with bigger dogs as they are the most vulnerable to bloating complications.
When big dogs get bloated, their stomachs can fill with air, causing it to behave like a balloon in the gut region. The stomach of dogs is not attached to the inner walls of the body cavity, so it can actually flip over inside their body cavity. This twists the intestines off where they meet the bottom of the stomach.
The blood supply is cut off and can cause the death of the intestines, excruciating pain, and death if veterinary intervention doesn’t happen within hours. Many dogs, even with vet care, will lose part of their bowels because the loss of blood supply causes tissues to begin dying very quickly.
It is possible, if you have a large breed puppy, to ask the veterinarian to due a simple procedure to tack the stomach to the body cavity wall, so that this ‘gut torsion’ never happens to them. It’s a simple thing that can save their life one day.
Anything can cause bloat to any sized dog, but bigger dogs are more prone to the issue. Do not let big dogs eat and then play as this exacerbates the potential for problems. Just like children with swimming, wait a reasonable amount of time for food to have moved into the intestines before allowing much running, and don’t feed them things that may cause gas.
If you have a dog with a sensitive stomach, make sure that any changes to the diet are slow and gradually introduced a step at a time. Big changes that happen rapidly will make them violently ill with explosive diarrhea if they are very sensitive. Herding breed dogs are often very sensitive to food changes, but any dog can be, so go slow and easy so you don’t cause diarrhea and digestive pain to them.
A dog cannot tell you when he hurts, you have to pay attention to his body language. Pacing, whining, sometimes digging at his sides with his hind legs, and constantly shifting are signs of gas pain. Pacing and crying, showing obvious distress can be signs of bloat.
If you feel their stomach and apply pressure, they may cry. It could potentially feel like a balloon under pressure. If you feel this pressure and your dog is in obvious pain, vet them immediately. It could potentially be a life-threatening case of gut torsion.
If they are not drinking water, or eating, this is definitely a serious issue and time is of the essence. If you wait too long, they could die. Bloat happens in many animals and treatment needs to be swift to avoid the body from becoming septic and death will follow.
Foods Dogs Should Not Eat
Macadamia Nuts – These are toxic and can cause animals to lose ability to walk, have seizures and even be lethal. Typically, they lead to neurological problems with movement and should be absolutely avoided.
Broccoli in large quantity – Broccoli can be fed in small amounts of one or two pieces. Too much will flood their body with Vitamin A, which they don’t need. It can become toxic to them.
Xylitol – An artificial sweetener that is a neurotoxin to dogs. It can cause seizures, spasms, vomiting and then death, within a few hours. This is a very serious threat and even a piece of chewing gum with xylitol can kill a small dog.
Grapes or raisins – These are very toxic to dogs and cause kidney failure. As few as 10 grapes can even kill a large dog as grapes will build toxicity in the body over time. Two day may not harm your dog, but 5 more tomorrow and his kidneys may shut down within two days. Don’t take the risk and teach children not to drop grapes for the dog.
Seeds from fruits – Many fruit seeds are toxic. Apple seeds, for example, are loaded with cyanide and can kill a dog at worst and make him horrible sick at best. Avoid letting dogs eat apples that have not been cored, as well as any fruit with seeds.
Pits from fruits – The pits from peaches and avocados, plums and other fruits are choking hazards and some of them are also toxic. Keep these away from dogs. Peach pits can easily lodge in their throat, causing death in less than five minutes.
Garlic, Onions, or Green onions – These are toxic and should not be fed to dogs. They stay in the system of the animal where they build in toxicity over time and can lead to vomiting, seizures, and cause death in large quantity.
Raw White Potatoes – Do not feed raw white potatoes to dogs. There is a toxin in the potato that is broken down from cooking. Cooked potatoes are safe for them,
Raw eggs – Raw eggs can spread salmonella which can be fatal in any animal or human with a compromised immune system. Even a healthy dog can get extremely ill and could potentially die from a salmonella exposure. Do not take chances. Cook eggs and boil egg shells before allowing dogs to have them.
Raw meat – Raw meat poses many threats of bacterial infections. E-coli and salmonella can both be spread from uncooked meats, as well as many other things that can be very unhealthy. Diarrhea, vomiting, and even death can result from some of these infections and infestations. Don’t risk it and always feed cooked meats to your dog.
Avocado – Avocado is bad for dogs. Do not ever feed your dog avocado. It can be very toxic to them.
Dairy – Dairy isn’t toxic but it can be bad for your dog if they are lactose intolerant. Use caution when giving dogs any dairy product until you know whether they will react badly or not. Also understand that they can develop lactose intolerance as they age without warning.
Chocolate – Most people know that chocolate if very bad for dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more potentially lethal it may be. Do not allow your do near cocoa powders or baking chocolates, those can be the most lethal. Since it goes by weight, it takes a small amount to kill a tiny dog. Bigger dogs have to ingest far more to die but can get very seriously ill nonetheless.
All of this information is designed to give you a head’s up when it comes to feeding your dog anything outside of normal, specially formulated dog foods. There are many foods that we can feed them safely, which they enjoy. If your dog isn’t lactose intolerant, then they can certainly enjoy some whipped cream. Put it on some strawberries if they like those. Some dogs love cheese, just don’t overdo it because it can trigger constipation, just like it does for some humans.
Most vegetables are an appreciated addition to the food bowl. Green beans are very well tolerated by most dogs, as well as black beans or lentils for additional protein in their diet. Steer clear of things cooked with a lot of meat fat though, that will cause diarrhea and also is a potential threat to long term health, causing cardiac concerns.
Dogs will eat almost anything, with some dogs being more discriminating than others. One dog may love carrots while the next dog looks at you as if you are crazy. Introduce them to new things slowly and consider it a game to learn what they like. Some dogs will be quite easy to please while others may prefer sticking to their dog food.
The bottom line is that a little whipped cream every so often will not kill your dog. The worst case scenario is that he gets some diarrhea or gas and you’ll know not to give him that again if it is a bad case. If it isn’t so bad, then perhaps on occasion it is worth the gassiness? Humans eat things that we pay a price for later all the time. What the heck, have the whipped cream. You only live once, they say – unless you are a cat. That’s different.
Dawn Greer is a passionate blogger and animal rights activist. She is a pet lover, certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, pet nutritionist, and former veterinary technician. She continues her work while writing blogs for pet lovers around the globe.