¿Es la Nata Montada una Buena Elección de Alimento para Perros?

¿Es la crema batida una buena opción de alimento para perros?

A todos nos encanta darse un capricho de vez en cuando. A veces nos permitimos demasiado y aceptamos las consecuencias.

Ya sea una barra de chocolate, un pastel o un trozo de tarta con una cucharada de crema batida, estas cosas nos hacen sentir bien por un tiempo, ¡cualesquiera que sean los efectos a largo plazo!

Los dueños de perros suelen enfrentarse a un dilema cuando se trata de golosinas. Sus amigos perritos se sientan y babean mientras los ven disfrutar de esa  deliciosa comida humana . ¿Deberían dejarles comer algo?

¿Qué tal algo tan inofensivo como la crema batida de tu pastel? ¿Seguramente eso es seguro para que lo coman los perros?

Antes de darle a los perros cualquier cosa que no sea su comida habitual, siempre es mejor investigar para conocer los hechos. Después de todo, ¡no querrás enfermarlos!

Perros y productos lácteos

perro beagle en la casa
Foto de:  @kyrithebeagle

Al igual que millones de humanos, muchos perros padecen  intolerancia a la lactosa . Esto sucede debido a un tipo de azúcar presente en la leche, llamado lactosa.

Para digerir este azúcar, que en realidad son dos moléculas de azúcar diferentes unidas, el cuerpo necesita crear la enzima lactasa.

Esta enzima divide las dos moléculas de azúcar, haciéndolas más fáciles de digerir. El problema es que la mayoría de los perros no pueden producir lactasa (o producir cantidades muy pequeñas), lo que significa que todos los perros tienen distintos niveles de intolerancia a la lactosa.

Es un simple hecho biológico que los mamíferos sólo están diseñados para digerir la leche (de sus madres) hasta el momento en que son destetados y comen alimentos sólidos. Más allá de esto, los mamíferos generalmente pierden la capacidad de digerir la lactosa de manera eficiente.

Aproximadamente el 70% de los humanos son intolerantes a la lactosa, y el 30% restante solo puede digerirla debido a la persistencia de la lactasa, un cambio evolutivo forzado al seguir bebiendo leche (principalmente de vaca) a pesar de que nuestros cuerpos no están diseñados para hacerlo.

En cambio, los perros no han experimentado este cambio, lo que significa que serán aún más propensos a sufrir una reacción adversa a los  productos lácteos .

Algunos perros también pueden ser alérgicos a los lácteos, lo cual es completamente diferente a la intolerancia. La alergia se relaciona con la proteína presente en el producto y, aunque algunos de los síntomas pueden ser similares, generalmente serán más graves.

¿Cómo podrían afectar los lácteos a mi perro?

Vómito de perro en el suelo del salón.

Si tu amigo peludo es intolerante a los lácteos, mostrará los típicos signos de malestar estomacal.

• Hinchazón: aunque el estómago y los intestinos delgado y grueso pueden estirarse para acomodar los alimentos y los gases producidos durante la digestión, la acumulación excesiva de gases puede causar que el estómago se hinche, lo cual es doloroso.

•  Flatulencia  : ¡todo ese gas adicional, causado por las bacterias que descomponen la lactosa que no se digiere, eventualmente tiene que salir!

• Diarrea: la intolerancia a la lactosa hace que se acumule más agua en el colon, lo que hace que las  heces se vuelvan sueltas y acuosas . Este suele ser el primer signo de intolerancia a los lácteos.

• Vómitos: ¡cualquier dueño de perro sabe que no siempre hace falta mucho para que esto suceda! Los perros que son particularmente sensibles a los lácteos pueden rechazarlos de esta manera, especialmente si han consumido grandes cantidades.

While these symptoms are unpleasant, it is unlikely that they will last long or cause any permanent damage.

The bigger worry is when these signal a dairy allergy. Humans can usually recognize the symptoms: tingling lips, hives (itchy red rash or bumps), swollen tongue/throat/lips, wheezing and coughing, and even vomiting.

Your poorly pooch can’t always let you know how they feel, and some of these symptoms will be difficult to detect in dogs.

If you suspect that they are having an allergic reaction, it is vital that you get veterinary advice immediately.

Although allergies are usually treatable and the dog makes a full recovery, there is a chance in severe cases that they could go into anaphylactic shock, which can be deadly.

One important note is that puppies are more susceptible to dairy intolerance than older dogs and are more likely to have a severe reaction. It is always best to avoid all dairy products until they are fully grown.

Are There Other Dangers To Look Out For?

Crema batida en un bol

We’ve covered what you need to know about dairy, and milk in particular, but what about whipped cream itself?

Whether homemade or store-bought, it gets its consistency from the bubbles that form during the whipping process.

In an aerosol can form, this cream is forced out using a propellant (such as nitrous oxide), while at home, we would use a mixer (or the strength of your whisking arm!).

The first warning sign is that only cream with a high butter-fat (or milk fat) content will do, as low-fat cream won’t whip well and hold its shape.

This immediately sets alarm bells ringing! Although fat forms an essential part of a dog’s diet, these fats are bad for dogs.

Another health issue connected with high-fat levels is pancreatitis, which can be brought on by obesity and diabetes.

This condition can be chronic or acute, meaning that it builds over time or happens suddenly, and can be mild or severe.

Either way, it is an irreversible disease that is difficult to treat. The best course of action is to avoid including fatty foods in your dog’s diet.

Certain breeds, such as the miniature schnauzer, are prone to pancreatitis, so they will need to be more carefully monitored.

Obesity is also a real problem for dogs, even more so for our older pets. It’s important to note that whipped cream has almost zero nutritional value, often with added sugar, flavorings (usually vanilla), and preservatives.

It is also mostly made of saturated fats, which are linked to high cholesterol and heart disease.

Too much sugar, along with those unhealthy fats, could add to the problem and increase the risk of dental cavities.

It also increases the risk of diabetes. Diabetic dogs are unable to produce enough (or any) insulin in the pancreas, which is required to absorb sugars (glucose) into the bloodstream and send them to the cells around the body for healthy growth.

Sugary treats of any kind, including figspapayaguava, and some other fruits, should therefore be kept to an absolute minimum to keep your dog fit and healthy.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that artificial sweeteners would be a safe alternative either! One sweetener, xylitol, found in some toothpaste and foods such as peanut butter, is known to be toxic to dogs and can be fatal.

Obviously, as dairy is effectively ruled out as something to be given as a regular treat, this extends to things like ice cream.

As much as they enjoy a cone on a hot summer’s day, the sugar content alone should be cause for concern, let alone the fact that the milk may upset their delicate digestive system.

So far, this all seems like really bad news for our canine friends!

So, Is Whipped Cream Off The Menu For Dogs?

Schnauzer y Jack Russel Terrier lamiendo crema batida de una taza roja

We’ve looked at the evidence and provided the facts, and it doesn’t look good. Dairy just isn’t healthy for dogs and can actually be harmful.

It’s so difficult, knowing just how much they love to share our food and how eager they are for a sweet, creamy treat, to simply say no.

We hear those sad little noises, watch them drooling in anticipation as they wait with huge, appealing eyes.

How can we ignore them? Is there any way around this problem?

Well, if we are careful, there could be a chance that we can bend the rules!

You’ll probably have heard of the secret menu at Starbucks (and probably at other coffee houses too!), where you can ask your friendly barista for a puppuccino.

This is basically an espresso-sized dollop of whipped cream in a small cup, just the right size for your dog’s nose.

What’s more, they are free! You won’t find them on the main menu, so you’ll need to ask. And although they’re free, you might want to treat yourself to a coffee, or at least tip your dog-friendly barista for their trouble.

Yes, it’s dairy, and we’ve pointed out all the bad things about it. But a small amount once in a while, perhaps for a special occasion, won’t do any harm.

If your local coffee shop doesn’t cater to dogs, then you might fix it for them at home. Keep it simple, and keep it small.

Better still, make it yourself rather than use store-bought, as you can control the amount of sugar and be sure that there are no nasty surprises hidden inside.

The main thing to keep in mind is that there is never any substitute for proper dog food.

To maintain a healthy immune system, digestive system, nervous system, coat, and so on, dogs should have a balanced diet of kibble, canned food, or a mix of the two.

This will contain the essential nutrients, proteins, fats, and minerals to keep them healthy.

Any treats that aren’t specifically designed for dogs should be strictly limited. So don’t let that puppuccino become a habit, no matter how much they beg!

Si su perro nunca ha probado los lácteos, tenga mucho cuidado al tratarlo por primera vez. Esté atento a posibles reacciones adversas en caso de alergia o intolerancia.

De lo contrario, de vez en cuando, ¡alegra su día con una delicia cremosa!

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