Can Dogs Eat Pudding

Do you believe that there are instances where you can kill your beloved pet with love?

Well, it’s true.

You can’t resist those cute puppy eyes and allow your dog a piece of that delicious pudding.

Well, those puppy eyes will soften the hardest of hearts. 

So, can your dog eat pudding?

Yes, your dog can enjoy pudding.

Puddings come in many variants and are a typical dessert.

However, like many sweet treats, ensure your dog has small portions with dog-friendly ingredients. 

Pudding is one of those delights that your dog will thoroughly enjoy.

All you have to do is ensure that you use the correct elements in making these treats.

Before you go ahead and feed your dog those delightful treats, here are a few things that you need to note.

Health benefits of puddings

  • Puddings are a great source of nutrients for your dog. Puddings, like other desserts, should be consumed occasionally and aren’t a substitute for regular meals.
  • This dessert is also rich in protein, giving your pup great skin and fur. Protein also boosts muscle development.
  • Dog-friendly puddings also contain vitamins that strengthen bones and teeth, help digestion, and boost the immune system.
  • The potassium in banana puddings improves heart functions.

 What not to put in your dog pudding

The foods listed below or their traces in your dog’s pudding can have adverse effects.

  • Macadamia nuts: Raw or cooked macadamia nuts are harmful to dogs. They contain a toxin that affects the dog’s muscles and nervous system. Signs of poisoning include muscle shakes, weakness in the legs, swollen limbs, high temperature, and vomiting.
  • Coffee and coffee beans: Coffee is a familiar flavor in puddings. It contains caffeine which is harmful to dogs. If ingested, visit a vet immediately.
  • Chocolate: Chocolate is a common ingredient in puddings. All types of chocolate, dark, white, or unsweetened, used for cooking, are incredibly harmful to dogs. Chocolate contains a stimulant known as theobromine which is highest in dark chocolate. Theobromine is what makes chocolate toxic to your furry friends. In extreme cases, dogs that have ingested chocolate suffer from diarrhea and vomiting, tremors, heart problems, kidney failure, seizures, and even death.
  • Dairy products: Dogs are generally lactose intolerant. Dairy products can trigger allergies causing itching and further causing digestive problems, including diarrhea.
  • Bones and fat trimmings: Throwing a dog a bone seems natural. However, bones create the risk of choking. The bones can also splinter and damage your dog’s digestive system. Fat trimmed from meat is unhealthy and can cause pancreatitis in your furry pets. Ensure the meat used for puddings is free of bones.
  • Onions, leeks, and garlic: This onion family is toxic to dogs, whether cooked or raw. Onions irritate the stomach and damage the red blood cells. Unfortunately, signs of illness are not immediate and are detected days later. 
  • Grapes and raisins: These are common ingredients in baked goodies. Grapes and raisins have a toxic quality that can cause dogs liver damage and kidney failure. An early sign of poisoning is vomiting. Within a day, the dog appears low and sluggish. 
  • Raw eggs, meat, and fish: Raw meat, fish, and eggs put your pet at the risk of food poisoning due to bacteria like salmonella and E. coli. Fish also have parasites that cause fish disease. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, and swollen lymph nodes. Eggs, meat, and fish used in puddings should be well cooked as they are an excellent source of protein.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol can adversely affect your pet, even in small doses. Alcohol causes intoxication in dogs and diarrhea and can damage the nervous system.
  • Xylitol: This is an artificial sweetener found in chewing gum, sweets, treats, and peanut butter. Xylitol causes liver failure and clotting disorder in dogs. Always check the ingredients of foods like peanut butter to ensure that they are xylitol free.

When buying treats for your furry friends, check out the ingredients to be safe.

Puddings to avoid feeding your dog

  • Custard pudding: Your dog can’t have custard in large quantities. Custard puddings contain milk, cream, and many eggs, known dog allergens. It’s not healthy to expose your dog to regular and large amounts. A few licks should be okay.
  • Chocolate and macadamia pudding: Darker chocolates have high theobromine and caffeine content which are toxic. The macadamia nuts contain a toxin that is poisonous to dogs.
  • Pudding meat: The bones in the meat are a health risk. The bones may splinter during chewing, damage the gums, or cause dental fractures. The splinters can also cause extensive damage to the dog’s digestive system.
  • Boiled Onion and leek pudding: Onions, leeks, and garlic are typical components in vegetable puddings but toxic to dogs.

Pudding options that are safe for dogs

If you decide to prepare the doggy pudding treats at home, consider the following additions to make the treat tasty and healthy.

  1. Vegetables like pumpkin, carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, cassavas
  2. Fruits like watermelons, apples, bananas
  3. Peanut butter
  4.  Fat-free yogurt

With that in mind, here are some pudding recipes that will leave your doggy happy and loved.

  1. Pumpkin and sweet potato pudding
  2. Rice pudding

Sample recipe: Pumpkin and sweet potato pudding.

Ingredients

  1. Half a cup of flour
  2. One cup of mashed pumpkin or mashed sweet potatoes or both
  3. One teaspoon honey
  4. One teaspoon of coconut oil
  5. Two eggs
  6. Half a cup of natural yogurt

Instruction

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, then mix in the mashed pumpkin/ sweet potatoes.
  2. Mix in the honey, coconut oil, and flour.
  3. Pour the mixture into a lined pudding bowl.
  4. Place the pudding bowl into the oven at 70C or 160 F for 40 minutes. Alternatively, fill a saucepan halfway with boiling water and place the pudding bowl inside to cook for 40 minutes.
  5. Once ready, allow to cool and decorate with the natural yogurt.
  6. Your treat is ready to serve. 

 Rice pudding

Ingredients

  1. Half a cup of rice
  2. One and a half cups of milk
  3. 75g minced meat
  4. One teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and pour them into a baking dish.
  2. Bake for 45 minutes at 180C or 360F for 30 minutes. Keep stirring for it to cook evenly.
  3. Let it cool and serve.

With these recipes, your dog will enjoy a flavor-packed and nutritious dessert.

You will also have peace of mind knowing that your furry friend is healthy and won’t need a trip to the vet. 

Conclusion

So, yes, dogs can enjoy an occasional pudding.

All you have to do is keep away from the harmful components.

With these delicious treats, you will have one happy dog.

Like humans, pets enjoy sweet and delicious desserts different from ordinary meals.

Provide the treats in moderation as they are not a regular part of the usual diet.

Megan Turner
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