Here in Australia, it’s no secret that we’re a coffee and dog obsessed nation 🐶😋 So, it really comes as no surprise that many coffee shops all around the country have started to put Puppuccinos on their menu – a special treat for our dog while we treat ourselves with a coffee 🥰
That said, there’s no need to venture out to a coffee shop if you’re not in the mood for it (or if you can’t because there’s a global pandemic and you’re practising social distancing 🤐).
You can easily spoil your dog and make a Puppuccino in your own home if you want to – no barista experience required! Keep reading to learn more about how you can make a Puppuccino for your dog.
Table of Contents
- What Is A Puppuccino?
- Are Puppuccinos Safe?
- Can Dogs Drink Almond Milk?
- How To Make A Puppuccino
What Is A Puppuccino?
Let’s start with the basics first ✌️ You might be wondering what the heck a Puppuccino even is.
We’ve done some research, and as far as we now know, the Puppuccino trend started with Starbucks in the US serving whipped cream in a small cup to furry customers. It quickly went viral through social media, and many coffee shops all around the world have picked up on it.
These dog-friendly coffee shops often sell their very own variation of a Puppuccino, because even though most dogs will tolerate it as a rare treat, whipped cream is full of sugars that aren’t healthy for dogs 🐩🐕
Are Puppuccinos Safe?
This leads us to the most important question there is – Are Puppuccinos safe? The short answer is that it depends on your dog and the ingredients. Most adult dogs are lactose intolerant and shouldn’t indulge in saturated fat and sugar 🙅🙅
On top of that, individual businesses may use different ingredients for the Puppuccinos they are selling. If you’re concerned, ask what their ingredients are before you order 🙋🐶
Give your dog a small amount first, and if you notice any digestive issues stop giving Puppuccinos to your dog.
Modest amounts on occasion are rarely an issue, but opt for lactose-free options whenever possible, and if in doubt, talk to your vet 👩⚕️
Can Dogs Drink Almond Milk?
It depends. Dogs shouldn’t eat whole almonds but a moderate amount of almond milk may be considered safe. Keep in mind that this also varies depending on the full list of ingredients though.
If your almond milk is store-bought, be cautious of artificial sweeteners. In particular Xylitol (a popular sugar alternative that can also be found in peanut butter) is known to be toxic to dogs.
How To Make A Puppuccino
Finally – how can you make a Puppuccino yourself? As we learned above, the old-fashioned way would be to just serve your pupper a small cup of whipped cream 😋
That said, if you’re concerned about the sugar and fat, you can easily make a healthier home-made Puppuccino. There are many different recipes you can follow, but we decided to share one with you that has just three ingredients and is super easy to make.
If you know that your dog has allergies or a sensitive stomach, don’t forget to speak to your vet before you add new ingredients to their diet 🙌
- 1/2 cup of plain yogurt or lactose free milk
- 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree (or just cooked butternut pumpkin cubes work well too)
- A piece of your dogs favourite treat
- Combine the yogurt and pumpkin puree until smooth
- Serve immediately, garnished with your dogs favourite treat on top
That’s it. Super simple, right? 🙂
Pumpkin is a fiber-rich food that contains important vitamins, minerals, and also acts as a probiotic. Many dogs love the taste of pumpkin, and it’s well-known that pumpkin can help with digestive issues, which is an added benefit 🎉