Can Dogs Eat Strawberry Cake? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
Dogs shouldn’t eat strawberry cakes. The health risks they can introduce to dogs is too high. Strawberries might be harmless to dogs but the other ingredients in the cake may trigger a bad reaction.
What happens if a dog eats strawberry cake
The consequences and severity will vary from mild to severe. How much “damage” a strawberry cake may cause will depend on the ingredients used and the amount a dog ate.
The first concern is with the amount of fat and calories. You don’t want a dog to follow a high-fat diet as that can introduce a number of concerning health problems like pancreatitis and obesity. Dogs with sensitive stomach may also struggle with the butter, sugar, and dairy content (keeping in mind that dogs are lactose-intolerant). They may start to show digestive symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea if they were eat one slice too many.
The second and even bigger concern is with the supplemental ingredients strawberry cakes may contain. Some cakes, for example, may contain chocolate which we know is toxic to dogs. Strawberry cakes may also make use of artificial sweeteners like xylitol which again is toxic to dogs. It’s important to call the vet right away if you know your dog ate something that is toxic to them.
As much as your dog may plead for it, there is no upside to letting them eat a slice of strawberry cake. Given them a few fresh strawberries instead! Our human food list covers over 100 food items dogs should and shouldn’t eat.