Can I Give My Dog Cake?

Can I Give My Dog Cake?Cake is a delicious celebratory dessert. Your pet dog has had their eyes on this special treat at one time or another but, unfortunately, sharing is not caring.

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There are many kinds of cake but, truthfully, you shouldn’t give your dog any of them. We’ll be going into more detail because some are actually dangerous.

It may be tempting to feed the family dog a bit of leftover cake but don’t do it. Hopefully, a closer look may convince you that it’s an all around bad idea.

Can I Give My Dog Some Cake? Answer: No

Your dessert isn’t for precious pets. It’s inappropriate!

Your dog would be better off without cake consumption. Many types of cakes aren’t actually toxic for dogs, but that’s besides the point. You can provide a small taste but there’s no nutrition, with the exception of a fruit topping. Those cake calories will eventually catch up with a furry friend.

You want your dog to be around for a long time so be choosy. Cancel the cake!

Common Cake Ingredients

If you like to bake then you know what goes into a typical cake creation. Recipes usually call for flour, eggs, sugar, butter or oil and baking soda or powder.

With the exception of eggs, there’s nothing remotely healthy for your dog. Of course, you can allow Fido to have a tiny sampling but be very strict about it. We can’t even recommend that!

Remember that nuts are commonly added which are, themselves, questionable for dogs. Macadamia, for example, are downright dangerous. More obvious is the chocolate factor which is common to cakes.

K9 Chocolate Consumption

Certainly the worse kind of cake you could feed to a dog would be one containing chocolate.

This goes for the icing and any fudge, cocoa or even candies (sprinkles) that are routinely used as cake ingredients.

Dairy Not The Dealbreaker

Some dog owners are concerned about the dairy content in cake. There are ingredients, such as milk and butter, that move cake into the dairy (lactose) category.

This isn’t a key reason why your dog shouldn’t be eating a piece of cake. Dairy or not, this dessert is not healthy for them. It will cause a dog to gain weight and become sluggish over time.

Cheesecake, pound cake, cupcakes, pastry, red velvet or even your run-of-the-mill birthday cake are all poor choices. There’s no way around it.

Some Toppings Not Terrible

Perhaps you can pick and choose what parts of your cake to give to your pet dog. Fresh strawberries, a popular topping, would be a good example of this. Small portions are healthy for hounds.

Most fruits, sitting atop a sweet and tasty cake, are going to be the most beneficial and safest part of this otherwise misguided intention. That’s our take on cake!

Conclusion on Cake

Do not share cake with your dog, at least not on a regular basis. Cake leftovers are sort of irresponsible and certainly unhealthy. It’s even worse if the cake contains chocolate or certain nuts. This dessert is just not right for your dog. More cake for you!

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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