Everyone likes ice cream but is it something you can safely give to Fido? We all know there are certain foods that you must not feed to your dog. You probably suspect ice cream is on the list but let’s take a closer look.
Obviously and strictly speaking, no, you shouldn’t give them any desserts. It’s really not the best thing for your dog to be rewarded with. While ice cream isn’t as bad as feeding them foods like onions, avocados, or worse chocolate and macadamia nuts, it’s still not something we can recommend for dogs.
If you want to be careful about what to feed your canine, you should avoid giving them sugary foods altogether. These, ice cream included, can lead to obesity and dental issues, apart from causing more serious health problems such as diabetes.
Can I Give My Dog Ice Cream? Answer: Not Recommended
It could be argued that a scoop of ice cream never hurt a dog but we still say no.
Once you give a dog some delicious ice cream, there’s bound to be begging the next time they spot your fantastic dessert. Then what’ll you do?
If you’ve caved once, chances are you’ll do it again and again. It takes nerves of steel to look into your dog’s large, expressive, sad eyes and deny them that special treat. Anyone who has had a dog knows how difficult this can be.
You must enforce discipline with a canine and so once every few months may be alright. But just like junk food is terrible for humans, but we still eat it, the same applies to dogs as well. Ice cream is no different!
Dogs and Dairy
There is another good reason not to give your dog any ice cream. Most dogs cannot digest dairy products very well as they are largely lactose intolerant. This is due to the presence of lactose, a type of sugar, found in dairy products including ice cream. It could lead to moderate to severe gastric trouble including diarrhea, which could be fatal in the very worst cases.
If you insist on giving dairy to your dog, find out which products contain the least amount of lactose. For instance, ice cream contains more lactose than most cheeses.
Alternative Treats to Ice Cream
Try giving your dog the next best alternative. This could be anything from frozen yogurt to specially-made-for-dogs sweet treats. Frosty Paws is one such product which seems to hit the sweet spot for dogs. Then there’s Meltdown Ice Cream Cones which, again, is a favorite and dogs literally lap it up.
You could also roll up your sleeves and do some cooking. Pumpkin is really good for dogs and it has a lot of fiber. A vanilla pumpkin pudding, frozen, is something you could whip up for your best friend. This is definitely much better than giving them regular ice cream.
K9 Digestion System
Dogs need to be fed foods that aid their digestive system. This is basically the biggest reason why ice cream is not the best thing for your dog, and it could lead to loose stools among other gastric issues.
Does your dog tend to be greedy, eat quickly and in sometimes large amounts? Their short digestive tracts are susceptible to digestion related sicknesses and ice cream isn’t a good match.
Ice Cream Accident!
If your dog ate a lot of ice cream, hopefully it wasn’t a chocolate variety. As you know, chocolate is poison for dogs and in such a case you need to contact a vet immediately. Your dog will probably be sick for a few days. You can expect diarrhea, vomiting and general discomfort.
Dog Bloat Warning
Always watch out for dog bloat, which is an extremely serious life threatening condition that can develop suddenly and prove fatal. This needs to be treated immediately. If your dog eats too much and too fast or drinks, for example, ice water too quickly it can cause bloat.
Maybe they’d love ice cream so much that bloat can become a possibility. In any case, if your dog accidentally eats too much ice cream, keep a close eye on them.