Can Dogs Eat Boba, Tapioca Pearls, or Drink Bubble Tea?

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Two plastic cups of boba tea or bubble tea drinks on a wooden platter next to a small bowl of tapioca pearls

Two plastic cups of boba tea or bubble tea drinks on a wooden platter next to a small bowl of tapioca pearls

Can dogs drink bubble tea?   No. 

Bubble tea is loved by many people, not only for its taste but also for the chewy texture of the tapioca pearls inside. However, it is important to note that bubble tea can cause many health problems in dogs, and as such, it is best to keep it out of reach for them.

A glass of brown sugar bubble tea on a small wooden platter next to a small bowl of tapioca pearls

Although it may vary slightly depending on the store or menu that sells bubble tea, bubble tea is typically made by adding fruit puree, flavored syrup, and sweeteners such as honey or sugar to a base of tea mixed with milk or powder. However, it is important to note that tea, such as black tea, is high in caffeine and can be harmful to your dog's health. Additionally, milk can cause digestive problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain in dogs that are lactose intolerant. Furthermore, the flavored syrups, sweeteners, and other ingredients used in bubble tea may also harm a dog's health, so it is not recommended to share this drink with your pet.

Can dogs eat tapioca?

A medium sized bowl of tapioca starch in front of three sections of a cassava root

Tapioca is a gluten-free food that dogs can eat and is often used as a substitute for wheat flour. Carbohydrates in tapioca can help make your dog feel fuller. Tapioca is one of the popular ingredients often used in dog food and dog snacks, but it is mainly used as a filler because it lacks other essential nutrients.

Can dogs eat tapioca pearls?

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Black tapioca pearls, which many now enjoy every day all over the world, undergo a process to create their color, texture, and taste. Originally, tapioca starch is white, but brown sugar, caramel syrup, and coloring are added to make the tapioca pearls black and sweet. These days, tapioca pearls can be found in a variety of colors, but because they are cooked with a lot of sugar and coloring, feeding them to dogs can cause health problems.

Carbohydrates and sugars present in tapioca pearls can lead to issues such as weight gain and obesity, and may also affect blood sugar levels, potentially leading to diseases such as diabetes if consumed in large amounts. Also, small, bead-shaped tapioca pearls can be swallowed by dogs before they can be chewed, which can cause health problems such as choking hazards and stomach blockages.

Curious if you can feed your dog other foods besides boba or tapioca pearls?

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