Why You Should Not Feed Your Dog "Human" Cake
Which dog owner does not know the following scenario? You are just about to tuck into a slice of delicious cake when your pooch appears next to the table and watches you with hungry puppy eyes. The temptation is great of course to share a bit of cake with them - how much harm can it do after all? Unfortunately this is generally a bad idea as many ingredients found in cakes for humans can cause severe illness in our canine friends.
Hungry puppy eyes can be hard to resist
One problem is the high sugar content found especially in supermarket bought cakes. Whilst dogs can generally digest naturally occurring sugars found in fruits and vegetables, granulated sugar can cause health issues such as an upset stomach and diabetes.
And there are ingredients such as Xylitol (an artificial sweetener) and chocolate that are common in both store bought and handmade cakes which are actually highly toxic for dogs. Symptoms of poisoning can include vomiting, seizures and heart problems and therefore chocolate and sweeteners should be avoided at all cost in your dog’s diet.
The Good News? There Are Cakes Just for Dogs!
Do not call off your dog's birthday party just yet: Luckily there are plenty of recipes for dog-friendly cakes out there. Our expert bakers at Jack & Beyond have even created a whole range of baked treats for dogs including a special doggie Birthday Cake! These are made with natural ingredients like eggs, carrots, peanut butter and bananas that are easily digestible for dogs and contribute to a healthy and balanced diet.
A Jack & Beyond Dog Birthday Cake
Peanut Butter & Banana "Wooffins"
To summarise, dogs can definitely eat cake as long as you choose birthday cakes and bakes that are labelled as dog-friendly and do not contain any ingredients that can be harmful. You will surely be rewarded with many wet doggie kisses!
Looking for something extra special? Have a look at our Dog Afternoon Tea.