It’s summertime, you spent all day at the beach and are still feeling the sunburn on your skin. Shower is taken, feeling the sweet tiredness of a fun day in front of your TV& Netflix. You get your custard, either hot or frozen, to enjoy yourself while watching your series. Your pup comes by and starts licking some thinking he should get his share too.
Should you stop him? Yes, you should. Custards are high in lactose and sugar which are no-no for dogs and can contain chocolate that is extremely toxic for dogs. So, we can’t say that dogs can eat custard.
Is Custard Safe Dogs?
Custard is never recommended for dogs and should be avoided at all times for several reasons. The ingredients of custard can lead to serious health problems especially if consumed in high amounts. Your dog may not show any unusual reactions if he consumed custard in small amounts. However, this can vary depending on the size, age and breed of your dog as well as his current health situation.
There can be different custard recipes using different kinds of ingredients. Most of the time custard will contain milk, cream, eggs, sugar, salt and different kinds of flavorings.
Some people can use cornstarch to thicken the custard. Flour, potato starch, eggs and arrowroot are some ingredients that are often used in the making of custard to thicken the texture. Custards can come in refrigerated, UHT, powdered, pasty creams, frozen, stirred and egg forms.
The reasons you should not feed your pooch custard is because custard is high in lactose, high in sugar, and it can contain dangerous flavorings such as chocolate.
High in lactose: Custards are high in lactose meaning that your four-legged friend can have significant issues with his digestive process such as upset stomach, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, bloating, vomiting, and loose stool.
Most of the dog breeds are lactose intolerant. There are not many dog breeds that can tolerate lactose consisting products. For that reason, the symptoms after consuming a dairy product can vary depending on your dog’s age, size and breed. Custard contains dairy in significant amount, therefore should be out of consideration when it comes to your lovely friends’ diet.
Canine family generally is not good at tolerating lactose since they lack the enzyme called lactase which is responsible for breaking down lactose in dairy products. Little amounts of dairy will not cause much harm to your pup, but the more-the worse.
High in sugar: Just like in humans, sugar is one of the whites that should be avoided from dogs’ diet for good. There are numerous negative consequences of consuming sugary products for dogs. Dogs who consume food that are high in sugar will easily gain weight that could eventually lead to obesity, diabetes, problems with teeth and many more.
This does not mean a little bit of sugar would shake your pup’s world; however, you should be aware of how much he is getting so that you could avoid aforementioned health consequences. Custards are high in sugar, so you need to watch out how much of it your pups get.
Flavorings: Custards may contain many different kinds of flavorings since there are different types of custards being sold in the market. Some of these flavorings can be highly toxic for dogs, such as chocolates. Chocolate is an ingredient that can be easily fatal for dogs because they contain two incredibly dangerous compounds in them, namely caffeine and theobromine. Darker chocolates are much higher in toxicity than the lighter ones.
If your dog ate custard with chocolate flavoring, or any other chocolate product, watch your pup closely and do not wait for another second to call your vet and seek professional help immediately. You may want to already get in your car and drive to the nearest vet to save your pup’s life.
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning in dogs are usually increased heart rate, diarrhea, vomiting, increase in body temperature, muscle tremors, heart failure, weakness, or even death.
Can Dogs Eat Frozen Custard?
In very small amounts, eating frozen custard won’t cause too much harm to your dog. Yet, you should never make it a habit to serve frozen custard to your dog repeatedly. Custard, either hot or frozen, will cause the same harm to your pooch since it is high in sugar, lactose and it can contain dangerous flavorings. All the things mentioned above for custard in general will be applicable to the frozen custard as well.
If your dog ate frozen custard that contains a dangerous ingredient for dogs such as chocolate, call your veterinary immediately.
My Dog Ate Custard, What Should I Do?
If your dog ate custard in large amounts and you are sure that there was not any fatal ingredient in custard such as chocolate, do not panic. Stay calm and watch your pooch carefully, do not leave her alone. If your dog shows any extraordinary or unusual behaviors, you need to call your vet immediately. The symptoms that your dog can have after eating custard, either hot or frozen, can be diarrhea, vomiting, muscle tremors, increased body temperature, etc.
If your dog is lactose intolerant and he ate big portion of custard, do not wait to contact your vet. If your dog is lactose tolerant, he should be fine unless there is a fatal ingredient in the custard.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Custard?
Custard can be delicious treat for you, hot in winter days and frozen in summer. Since you are a very responsible parent of your dog, you know the harms and negative consequences of serving your dog custard.
If custard is a regular food in your dog’s diet, it can lead to serious health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and heart failure. Flavorings of custard is the most important point that you should not ignore, and always pay attention to. All in all, if he ate a little bit custard, your dog should be fine. Just be careful with the dangerous ingredients and observe his reactions after consuming custard.