My Dog Ate Frosting Will He Get Sick?

By Tom •  Updated: 12/22/20 •  3 min read
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Dogs love to have what we’re eating, whether that’s something healthy or bad for them! No matter what, if they see you eating it, your fur baby will want it! In fact, dogs love to have a snack of birthday cake!

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There’s no need to wonder why. Who wouldn’t want a yummy piece of birthday cake with all that delicious frosting?

Can My Dog Be Lactose Intolerant?
Can My Dog Be Lactose Intolerant?

One, very small bit (not bite) of frosting won’t hurt your fur baby, but more could make him sick.

The Problems with Dogs Eating Frosting

The sugar in frosting is one of the major reasons your canine companion shouldn’t eat frosting. Sugar can cause host of problems from tooth decay, diabetes, to obesity and more. Eating sugar can also cause digestive upsets in dogs, which can include vomiting and diarrhea. Is it worth making him sick? And do you really like cleaning up that kind of mess? It’s really not a good idea to give your fur baby sugar.

In addition to sugar, some artificial sweeteners, such as xylitol, are also toxic to dogs.

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Frosting may also include dairy. This can be a problem for dogs that are either lactose intolerant or have a milk allergy.

The fat sometimes used in frosting can also cause digestive upsets, or even pancreatitis in dogs.

And the frosting could be toxic, depending on the other ingredients it contains. Those that are toxic to dogs include raisins, chocolate, nutmeg, macadamia nuts, and more.

What to Do If Your Dog’s Eaten Frosting

First, consider the amount he’s eaten and the ingredients in the frosting. If the frosting was vanilla, then your dog should be OK, though he may have some vomiting, diarrhea, and have a stomach upset.

If your dog has eaten a large amount of frosting and/or it contains ingredients toxic to dogs, then it’s best to call the vet right away. They will have the best advice on next steps.

Safe Frosting Alternatives for Dogs

If you’d like to prepare a doggie cake with frosting or make a frosted cake your dog can eat at your birthday party, then there are some alternative frosting ingredients you can try.

These include

You can even add some fruit that’s safe for dogs, such as apples!

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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