Dogs are man’s best friend.
And like every best friend, we would like our furry buddies to enjoy and indulge in the same privileges we have.
It includes getting to taste and experience delicious desserts as much as we do.
Perhaps you would agree that the most straightforward and most plain dessert to prepare is vanilla pudding.
Being the kind owners that we are, we might find ourselves feeding dogs vanilla pudding without having prior knowledge of whether it is safe to consume for them or not.
Worse is we find our dogs feeding on a bowl of vanilla pudding we left unattended.
But there is a danger to that.
Read on to find out more.
Can I Give My Dog dogs Vanilla Pudding?
No. You cannot.
The following reasons why you cannot give your dog vanilla pudding:
It contains no essential nutrients
Dogs are naturally active. And they must be physically healthy for them to do their daily activities effectively.
Vanilla pudding, though may be superior in terms of taste, contributes little to none in terms of nutritional quality.
The usual ingredients in preparing the dessert are the following:
None of the above contain substantial amounts of muscle-building qualities like proteins.
Most of them are simply sugar.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that carbohydrates (a.k.a. sugars) are unnecessary to carry over daily tasks because they are the primary energy providers.
But the number of carbs your dog needs is already accessible in their regular diets instead, which brings us to our next point.
Excess sugars are unnecessary
Dog foods have ingredients that are in place to meet the daily energy needs of the dogs.
Adding another layer of carbs like vanilla pudding to their diet will not only be unhealthy but may also pose serious health concerns to our pooch.
- Teeth cavities
- Weight gain
- Urinary tract infection
- Kidney problems
- Arthritis (due to increase in weight)
Be careful of the amounts of sugar you feed your dogs.
And watch out for signs that indicate high amounts of blood sugar among your pets like a repeated sequence of hyperactivity and depression, nervous disposition, etc.
It will be your barometer in identifying the presence of high sugar levels in our dogs.
Milk may not be safe for dogs
Milk is a core ingredient in creating vanilla puddings.
And milk may have been a part of dogs’ diet, especially in their early months.
As they grow past the weaning period, they refrain from milk-filled diets.
It causes their bodies to produce less of the enzymes called lactase, which breakdowns lactose in milk.
It causes problems when adult dogs eat foods containing milk.
They may manifest the following bodily response:
- Stomach pains
- Loose bowel movements
These are very uncomfortable and irritating on the part of the dogs.
Therefore, avoiding milk-filled food like vanilla pudding will be best.
A few extra carbs and a little milk are sufficient for dogs.
The taste will be as significant to them as it is to us.
But if there is too much of these in the food, then that can cause problems.
And vanilla pudding has an overabundance of these, which makes it unhealthy and unsafe for our dogs.