Frankly, the consequences of giving cakes to dogs can be disastrous because there are so many health complications that could arise. Let’s have a look:
Food poisoning is the greatest threat dogs are bound to face after consuming cakes. Since the ingredients in making cakes are so numerous, each could cause different kinds of poisoning in dogs.
Below is a list of various types of poisoning dogs might suffer from due to cake consumption.
Every caring dog owner who is careful about their pooch’s diet and who has inquired about substances that dogs must avoid knows that it’s unforgivable to offer chocolate to dogs.
Although the creamy cocoa derivative extract is hands down one of the best food discoveries known to man, sadly, dogs can’t partake in it because it contains a substance called theobromine.
While not harmful to humans, theobromine can drastically alter a dog’s normal nervous system function, destabilize heart rhythms, and cause electric shock-like seizures. The problem with theobromine is that dogs haven’t evolved like humans to handle the diuretic effect—the mental stimulation— that comes with theobromine intake.
Hence, since a great number of cakes made today have at least some bits of chocolate in them, there’s a chance that dogs who consume cakes will have a life and death bout with theobromine.
Another stimulant in cakes that adversely affects the central nervous system of dogs is caffeine. Although not common, sometimes cakes contain some element of caffeine that disrupts the coordination of nerves and brain cells in dogs, leading to hypertension, hyperactivity, and panting.
Naturally found in many sweet fruits, xylitol is a substance processed into synthetic sugar and used to sweeten drinks and foods like cakes. But research shows that xylitol is a huge threat to dogs, even in minute doses.
This is because the hazardous compounds in xylitol cause a drastic reduction of sugar levels in a dog’s bloodstream, which has an even deadlier effect than high blood sugar.
Since many cake recipes call for xylitol as an alternative to sugar, dog parents should not leave cake slices lying around for dogs to consume.
Alcohol poisoning is not a common phenomenon because dogs aren’t attracted to bitter-tasting substances. However, since the harsh taste of alcohol can be tempered by sugar and sweeteners in drinks and food like cakes, there’s the possibility of your pooch ingesting alcohol.
Commercially produced vanilla extract contains about 35% ethanol and is a big threat to the sanity and safety of your beloved furry friend. Like alcohol, the ethanol in vanilla acts as an antidepressant, stunning the nerves controlling the lungs, hearts, and brain.
Nutmeg contains a substance called myristicin that’s toxic to dogs when ingested in high amounts. Ordinarily, the quantity of nutmeg needed to bake a standard-sized cake shouldn’t be enough to cause problems for your canine pal. However, since there’s the slightest possibility of toxicity, you ought to be cautious with foods seasoned with nutmeg.
For example, dogs can be quite nasty and go for a sachet or bottle of nutmeg carelessly lying around the kitchen table. If your pooch inhales or licks powdered nutmeg in its raw form, lung irritation and breathing difficulties could arise.
Some other effects of nutmeg to watch out for in dogs are rapid heartbeat, hallucination, incoordination, etc.
Interestingly, although nutmeg contains the letters ‘nut’, it’s a seed and not a nut, contrary to popular belief. Hence, nutmeg doesn’t fall under the dangerous nut category per se but still remains potent enough to destabilize your furry friend’s health.
Often, some cake recipes require ground or broken nuts, some of which pose serious health hazards to dogs.
For instance, some folks mix almonds with other ingredients while baking. Unfortunately, if their dog eats a cake made with almonds, that canine may suffer gastrointestinal distress or, even worse, intestinal blockage.
And that’s because the composition of certain nuts like almonds isn’t that compatible with dogs’ digestive systems, thus causing catabolism troubles.
Other types of dangerous nuts in cakes to watch out for are macadamia, walnuts, and pecans.
Diabetes occurs when there’s too much sugar from cake and other food in your furry buddy’s blood. It could result from the pancreas’ inability to produce enough insulin that checks the amount of glucose (sugar) in a dog’s bloodstream.
When a dog with a malfunctioning pancreas consumes too much sugar—evidently overabundant in cakes—it compounds the existing problem with insulin production, causing blood sugar levels to spike. Once sugar levels peak in excess amounts, they affect cell functionality and damage vital organs like the heart and liver.
Suffice to say that not all dogs who consume cakes will suffer from the detrimental effects of diabetes because there has to be an underlying pancreatic malfunction for the sickness to arise.
However, since you can never tell if a dog’s diabetic until you start to see the symptoms, it’s generally best not to test your canine pal with sugar-laden foods like cakes.
Obesity is similar to diabetes, but it’s mostly a function of overconsumption of excess calories from food like cakes and dessert rather than the malfunctioning of an organ.
Obesity occurs when the calorie intake in your pooch exceeds the required amount needed for optimal metabolism. Consequently, the excess calories accumulate in your canine’s system as fat that stretches and takes up additional storage in the muscles.
But the problem of obesity-inducing food like cakes isn’t with sugar per se because dogs can eat small amounts of sugar and get away with it as long as they exercise frequently. The problem with cake is that it requires large quantities of sugar and butter to complete the recipe.
And that’s something that can cause stomach upset and vomiting in minor cases, or joint inflammation and heart failure in severe cases.
About 20% of all dogs have allergies. Considering that a cake recipe calls for a combination of many different food substances, it increases the likelihood of your four-legged buddy dealing with not just one but also many potential allergens after consuming cakes.
For example, a study revealed that three food substances are most notorious for causing allergic reactions in dogs: meat, dairy, and eggs.
Evidently, of the three substances listed, diary products and eggs are core ingredients for baking cakes, and more often than not, induce severe allergic reactions in dogs. Allergies can cause itching, blood-colored gums, rapid breathing, etc.