Can Dogs Eat Flan?

correct answerThe Short Answer is:

The answer is no – flan cannot be eaten by dogs. In spite of the fact that there is nothing directly toxic in this sweet delicacy dogs cannot consume it due to its high sugar content. Moreover flan is a milk-rich food which is undesirable for dogs who are lactose intolerant.

In this research you will know the answer to the query “Can Dogs Eat Flan?“.

Dogs love flans just like they love cakes or pies. We will discuss leche flan for dogs.

There are certain types of food that you slice up and put on plates then forget about them on the kitchen counter.

It is a perfect situation for a greedy dog since it just has to wait until your back is turned and then it can start snacking!

Is it possible for a dog to eat flan without being poisoned or violently ill?

In general most flans would not cause your dogs any problems.

Exceptions to the rule will be discussed in this article.

However lets be honest.

The amount of harm your dog will receive depends on how big the dog is and how much flan he eats.

There is a huge difference between a sniff or a lick a bite a portion or eating the whole damn thing!

There are also flans that contain fruit or vegetables that are harmful. 

What is a Flan? Can Dogs have Flan?

Flans can be either round or square.

There is either a savory or sweet filling inside or a baked custard dessert such as a creme brulee but the top is softer rather than hard. Some people also keep asking “can dogs eat creme brulee?”.

There are those however who argue that a flan can only be sweet and not savory. 

In addition how about a brief discussion of the difference between a flan and a quiche?

The quiche always contains an egg custard and it is always a savory dish.

Egg custard is then added to the baked pastry in a quiche.

In contrast pastry flan is made by cooking the pastry along with the other ingredients.

Can Dogs Eat Flan Cake? is Flan bad for dogs?

Depending on whats in the flan there are many possibilities. 

I want to be very clear about one thing- any flan is not healthy for your dog.

 To investigate further I would like to know if any of the ingredients are potentially toxic for dogs. 

I’m going to look at each ingredient in the most popular flan and discuss it individually. 

Can Dogs Eat Leche Flan? Is Leche flan good for dogs?

My recipe is for Leche flan since it contains sweet egg custard which for some people is what flan is. 

This will be a quick review as there are only five ingredients: sugar eggs sweetened condensed milk evaporated milk and vanilla extract.


Dogs do not have a problem with sugar but it is not a healthy food choice.

There are many harmful temptations associated with sugar.

Dogs like humans can develop a sweet tooth which will lead to a craving for sugary foods. 

Dogs do not have as many taste buds in their mouths as people do but they can still taste basic tastes like sweet sour and salty.

Secondly you will gain weight if you eat too much sugar. 

In addition sugar is not good for a dogs teeth and it will cause them to decay faster. 


Despite the fact that eggs are full of nutrients they’re not the best treatment for dogs when they have been smothered in sugar and fattening milk products. So is flan fattening?

Despite being high in protein vitamins and minerals eggs are relatively low in calories. 

Condensed milk that has been sweetened

Your dog is not poisoned by sweetened condensed milk.

There are two main nutrients in this food- sugar and fat. 

There is approximately 73% sugar in any serving of this milk and 10% fat. 

Its saving grace as a damage limitation exercise is that it has a high calcium content.

I’d rather let them chew on a bone instead because I’m a cynic. 

Evaporated milk

Evacuated milk has much lower sugar and fat content than condensed milk making it the slimmers choice!

But like condensed milk evaporated milk is a bit one-dimensional.

So few healthy nutrients are available. 

Consuming too much sugar has other side effects apart from weight gain. 

There is the possibility of diarrhea and hyperactivity. 

Although I havenot found any real scientific proof of hyperactivity in dogs some people talk about them having sugar rushes. 

Moreover what are the consequences of eating too much fat?

In the one-off situation where your dog eats whole milk flans the worst outcome is that he might have diarrhea.

When fats are consistently available obesity will result and pancreatitis is unlikely to occur. 

For dogs eating a high-fat diet the good news is that it will not lead to heart disease like in humans. 

Vanilla extract

Vanilla extract in the amounts that are contained in a flan are harmless to dogs but vanilla extract can be quite dangerous to dogs because it contains alcohol. On average 34% of vanilla extract is alcohol.  

To put this in perspective thats about the same amount of alcohol as vodka

We are done with that I believe.

Now that we have analyzed a flan without a pastry case we can examine flans with pastry cases.

Does pastry have a history of killing dogs?

Fresh fruit flan

The popularity of fruit-filled pastries is unmatched.

I have also looked at one of the most popular recipes. 

Fruit pastry/crust and filling make up a fresh fruit flan.

Firstly I would like to talk about the pastry before I discuss the fruit that sits atop it.  

Pastry ingredients

Baking soda flour sugar and egg are the ingredients needed for the pastry.

Even baking soda should not bother your dog since none of the ingredients are toxic.

To be toxic baking soda would have to be consumed in much larger amounts than there are in pastry. 

There are many good uses for baking soda with your dog but the golden rule is to only use it externally. 

Flan filling

Despite the fact that the filling is very unhealthy for your dog it would not poison him. 

I’m looking at a recipe that includes cream cheese sugar and vanilla extract.

Vanilla extract and sugar have already been discussed.

About 34% of cream cheese is pure fat which is why its so unhealthy. 

If we place it in some kind of context it has approximately the same amount of calories as heavy cream. 


Last but not least the topping.

You can give your dog a vitamin and mineral boost with most fruits.

Nevertheless your dog should not eat large quantities of any fruit because they are high in sugar.

I am looking at a recipe that uses kiwis strawberries and blueberries to top off the flan.

Your dog would not have any problems with any of these fruits. White or black grapes are the most dangerous fruit for your dog.

Grapes are safe for some dogs to eat while grapes can poison and kill other dogs.

Vets are not sure why. 

The pips of cherries can also cause problems for dogs because they contain cyanide. However cyanide poisoning only occurs if your dog consumes large quantities of cherries. So we’re down to two flans left.

The sugar content of this savory recipe will be massively reduced. 

Savory flan

When it comes to savory flans the only thing to discuss is the vegetables used in the filling.

There will be a custard filling inside and a pastry shell outward in a savory flan.

And the variety of vegetables that you can use are almost unlimited. 

However there are some vegetables that could make your dog very unhappy.

Those to be on the lookout for belonging to the same family.

That happens how often?

Onions and garlic are the two most dangerous members of the allium family but you should also avoid using leeks or chives in your savory flans. 

Onion poisoning is discussed in a post I wrote. 

In terms of onions a dog needs to eat more than 5% of its own body weight in onions in order to be poisoned. 

If you want to read more about dog food tips read here: Dog Food Tips and Tricks.

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