Is the Starbucks Puppuccino Safe for Dogs?

The only thing sweeter than your pup might be a tiny cuppa Puppuccino on your coffee run. Find out if the treat is safe for your fur family (and how to get your paws on one).

Dog drooling over your Starbucks order? Get your good boy or girl their own special treat next time you’re at the drive-thru: a puppuccino!

What Is a Puppuccino?

Could it even be a Starbucks item if it didn’t have an on-brand name like this? It sounds more complicated than it is. It’s just a cup (espresso- or sample-sized) of whipped cream for your pup.

What’s in a Puppuccino?

Besides your dog’s face? This secret menu item for dogs is made solely with whipped cream. That’s it! And knowing how many common foods aren’t safe for dogs, that’s probably for the best.

Are Puppuccinos Safe for Dogs?

Yes. Even though dogs don’t do well digesting lactose, the good news is that whipped cream also contains a lot of air. So a little bit of whipped cream for your dog every now and then should not pose a significant health risk.

Of course, we echo Starbucks’ official stance on the Puppuccino: “We recommend that pet owners consult with their vet on what treats are best for their pet.” This is especially important if your dog has any health issues or special dietary restrictions—or if they’ve had digestive issues after eating whipped cream in the past.

If you’re into ordering Puppuccinos, whether for the photo op or to help coax an anxious dog into more car rides, moderation is key. Save the Puppuccinos for when your dog is extra well-behaved or could use a little pick-me-up.

A word of caution: Just because dogs can stomach a little whipped cream doesn’t mean any kind of whipped topping is good to share with your pup at home. Case in point: Some sugar-free whipped toppings contain xylitol, which can be toxic to dogs.

Can Cats Have Puppuccinos?

Best to save this treat for your pup! A cat’s stomach tends to be more sensitive to the ingredients in whipped cream. At most, you could offer them a lick or two. Cats’ smaller size also means a little goes a very long way.

How Much Is a Puppuccino?

Unlike other secret menu items at Starbucks, Puppuccinos are entirely free of charge. Just roll up and ask for a Puppuccino. If your barista isn’t sure what you mean, try asking for a pup cup or just a plain ol’ serving of whipped cream on the side. (That whipped cream is free for humans too, by the way, so do with that information what you will.)

Staying home? Try making some of these homemade dog treats to keep those tails wagging.

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Elizabeth Harris
Liz is an unapologetic homebody who loves bowling and beers almost as much as food and fitness. The highlight of her week is making cheesy popcorn for her family on movie night. She's been hooked on Taste of Home since interning for the magazine in 2010.