If you’re an avid coffee drinker, or maybe just someone who enjoys a drink from Starbucks now and then, you’ve probably heard of the Starbucks Puppuccino. You might have even been tempted to order one for yourself, just to see what it is. So just what is a puppuccino?
Puppuccino’s from Starbucks (pronounced puh-puh-chee-no) are specially made drinks for dogs- whipped cream served in a small cup for your beloved pooch. They’re entirely dog-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about any potentially harmful ingredients.
That’s right, next time you head to Starbucks to pick up your favorite drink, you can also order a tasty treat for your canine friend!
But what else is there to know about Puppuccino from Starbucks? We get that you want only the best for your dog, and you certainly wouldn’t want to feed them something that could hurt them.
We’re going to take a closer look at other useful information like their price, ingredients, recipe, and whether or not they’re good for dogs. To learn all this and more, keep reading!
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Puppuccinos are FREE. That’s right, because Starbucks loves dogs just as much as we do, there is no fee for ordering a puppuccino. So next time you hit your local Starbucks, make sure you grab one for your dog. They’ll appreciate it!
Even though they’re free at most locations, maybe don’t go ahead and order a ton of them at once. This might back up service for other customers. And if you’d like to leave a tip for this extra service, we’re sure your local Starbucks would appreciate it. It might even incentivize them to keep puppuccino’s on their menu for a long time!
As we said earlier, puppuccino’s may not be free at all locations. A few Starbucks stores have been known to charge around a dollar per puppuccino, so keep this in mind if this applies to your local store.
So, what’s in a Puppuccino? If you’re worried about any potentially harmful ingredients being present in this doggy treat, don’t be. Puppuccino’s from Starbucks are just cups of whipped cream, nothing more. As long as your dog has been able to ingest dairy without problem, it will be totally fine ingesting one of these treats from Starbucks.
But what about the ingredients in the whipped cream? Like most whipped creams, Starbucks’ brand of whipped cream is made of heavy whipping cream and vanilla syrup, which gives it the nice light flavor that we’ve come to expect from it.
They store their whipped cream at proper temperatures to keep it fresh and to prevent it from spoiling, and they dispense it using a whipped cream dispenser.
If you want to try your hand at making Starbucks Puppuccino’s on your own, really all you’ll need is a tube of whipped cream and a small cup for your dog to lick it out of.
If instead, you’d like to make it by hand the way they do, you’ll only need a couple of ingredients. Their whipped cream is made of heavy whipping cream and vanilla syrup, but the way they whip it up is a bit more complicated than normal.
To start, you’ll need a professional whipped cream dispenser like the ones they use at Starbucks. These can come in a variety of different sizes and brands, but the one they use at Starbucks is the iSi brand of whippers with a filling capacity of half a liter. You’ll also need to get some whipped cream chargers that contain nitrous oxide.
Now before you decide this is all getting too complicated, trust us, it’s pretty simple despite the extra steps.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Pour the heavy whipping cream and vanilla syrup into the canister and then screw a nitrous oxide charger onto the end tightly. This will then release the nitrous oxide into the cream and vanilla, generating a cascade of tiny bubbles.
- Give it a few good shakes.
- Let it sit for a minute or two.
And there you have it, you’ll have fresh, fluffy whipped cream just like the kind they make at Starbucks!
Give this to your dog as a Puppuccino treat and it won’t even know the difference. You can also use the extra leftover whipped cream for your own drinks, desserts, or ice cream at home. It’s a win for everyone!
Is Puppuccino Good for Dogs?
While it’s best for your dog to mostly stick to dog food that is specially made for their digestive systems, it’s completely fine and safe for them to enjoy a puppuccino once in a while. However, if your dog has been known to suffer from digestive issues with dairy, it would be best not to give them a puppuccino.
This could cause digestive issues in your dog, like diarrhea, gas, or in some cases vomiting. These conditions can cause extreme discomfort and pain in dogs, so it would be best not to subject them to the possibility of developing any of these conditions.
If you’re unsure whether or not your dog should have a Puppuccino, it would be best to consult a trained vet. They’ll be more than happy to run a few tests to determine whether or not your dog is able to comfortably digest dairy. They might also be able to tell this purely from the breed of your dog, as some breeds are more well-suited to digesting dairy than others.
At What Age Can I Give My Puppy a Puppuccino?
Even though small doses of dairy products, like whipped cream, are perfectly safe with most dogs, you should wait until your puppy is at least 10 to 12 weeks old before feeding them a Puppuccino from Starbucks.
Because puppies have shorter digestive tracts than full-grown or adolescent dogs, their digestive systems are often more sensitive. This means that if you attempt to give your puppy a heavy dairy product like a Puppuccino at too early of an age, they may have issues digesting it and could suffer from diarrhea, gas and bloating, or vomiting.
At the proper age of development, your puppy will grow to a size that allows its digestive tracts more time to process different foods. Additionally, the bacteria in their gut will diversify and allow them to handle a wider range of foods.
This does not always mean that their digestive tracts will become suited to digesting dairy products, but this is true in many cases. If you’d like to find more information about your puppy’s digestive system, try researching what foods are safe for their particular breed.
In most cases, once your puppy has hit 10 to 12 weeks of age, they should be good to go with Puppuccino’s, so feel free to give one to them to try. If they have any issues with it, then you’ll know that Puppuccino’s may not be the best treat option for them. Unfortunately, Starbucks Puppuccino’s are the only dog treat they offer, so you might have to go somewhere else to find a non-dairy treat for your dog.
Can You Order a Puppuccino on the Starbucks App?
A Starbucks Puppuccino is one item on the menu that you won’t be able to order through the Starbucks app. However, when you’re picking up your order, it’s simple and easy to ask the barista to add a Puppuccino to the order really quick. They’ll know what you’re talking about and will whip one up for you in no time.
If your Starbucks is one of the few locations that charge for Puppuccino’s, they will still be more than happy to accommodate your request and will simply add the cost of the treat onto your tab.
This should work for pickups, ordering in the store, and in the drive-thru, so don’t be afraid to ask for a Puppuccino if you’ve got your dog with you when you place your order.
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The Starbucks Puppuccino is a tasty whipped cream treat for your dog that you can order at any participating Starbucks location (which should be most of them). You can generally expect these to be free of charge, however, some select locations may charge up to a dollar per Puppuccino.
Puppuccino’s are generally safe and dog friendly, unless your dog has exhibited issues with digesting dairy in the past. If this is the case for your dog, they should not ingest a puppuccino or any other dairy products.
Hopefully, the information we’ve outlined above about the Starbucks Puppuccino is enough to give you a good idea of what they are, how much they cost, and if they’re safe for your dog to ingest. Remember to check with your local vet if you’re unsure whether or not your dog should have a Puppuccino, they’ll be able to help.