We, dog owners, are quite vanilla, aren’t we? We cannot resist those puppy eyes when we are eating. Ultimately, we end up sharing our food with our pooches even though they have had their dinner!
While that’s quite okay in most cases, the problem arises when we feed them food that’s dangerous for them. For example, as much as we love chocolates, we cannot share them with our dogs. The same goes for a variety of foods. But, is sour cream one of them? We shall find out in this article.
Can Dogs Eat Sour Cream?
Sour cream is a fermented dairy product that we can eat in multiple ways and the good thing is that dogs can eat it too.
However, there are a few rules.
Sour cream is quite safe for dogs who are not lactose intolerant. This means that if your dog can’t generally digest dairy or anything with lactose, sour cream is not safe for him/her. This also applies to dogs with sensitive stomachs. It can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
This is why, it is important to speak to the vet before giving your dog any sour cream.
Moderation is Crucial
Is sour cream good for dogs? Yes.
Can you give them a lot of sour cream? No.
This particular dairy product contains a lot of fat. This is why you should practice moderation. Give them only a little like a small snack and you should be fine. Too much sour cream can lead to weight gain and obesity-related problems. It can also make them sick.
Nutritional facts of sour cream
If you are wondering whether sour cream has any health benefits, you should go through this data –
1 tablespoon of sour cream contains 2.4 gm of fat and 23 calories. It also has 6 mg of cholesterol and 1.4 gm of saturated fat. Proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and calcium are present in trace amounts.
What is the Benefit of Eating Sour Cream?
If your dog is not lactose intolerant, he/she will benefit in a few ways with sour cream. It boosts energy and eases an upset stomach because it has probiotics.
Steps to Take if a Dog Has Eaten too Much Sour Cream
Dogs are known to be notorious with food. If they find something, they will eat it! Accidentally, if your dog eats a lot of sour cream, it can cause problems. You may see signs of nausea, upset stomach, etc. through vomiting and diarrhea. Here’s what you should do in these circumstances –
- Do not panic. Sour cream is not toxic for dogs who can tolerate milk and other dairy products.
- Do not feed him/her anything else for 12 hours.
- Let him/her have water.
- Follow a bland diet for 1-2 days.
- Do not give treats.
- Head over to the vet if symptoms continue after 2 days.
We hope this article has cleared all your doubts about sour cream. Just like many other things, it is good if eaten in moderation! Having said that, to be absolutely sure, a vet consultation is highly recommended.
Take care of your lovely pooch!