Can dogs eat ice cream?

Can dogs eat ice cream?

dog ice creamTempted to buy your Morkie a kiddy cone?

In hot weather, who can blame you, but there are better ways to treat your friend.

But instead of people-ice cream, try one of the safe commercial ones like Frosty Paws or make your own. It’s easy and fun. (printable recipes below)

But first, can dogs eat ice cream?

Although ice cream isn’t on the top list of dog poisons, it definitely isn’t good for small dogs like Morkies. Most dogs are lactose-intolerant so dairy will probably cause diarrhea. The sugar isn’t good either — just like in humans, too much sugar can cause obesity, dental disease and may set the stage for diabetes.

So commercial ice creams for people are out.

Commercial ice creams for dogs

There are a number to choose from; the most popular is Frosty Paws from Nestle. Just make sure the brand you pick has no sugar or dairy and is made up of natural foods you’d eat yourself.  Check the cooler section at popular animal care stores like PetSmart.

Top off the frozen treat with a biscuit. Photo from GoodDogsCo.com

Easiest-ever homemade ice cream for dogs 

Here’s one of the easiest recipes available and Morkies love it!

Just combine:

  • 1 can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, just pumpkin)  29 oz.
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup yogurt

Mix thoroughly and fill ice cube trays with mixture.  Freeze and wait for the fun!

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This picture has been pinned a zillion times! Attributed to Starisles Bearded Collies

More ice cream recipes 

Links to more recipes 

Three ingredient dog ice creams

Becky’s Pet Care

Beefy freezies, from Dog Treat Kitchen

Daily Puppy – homemade Frosty Paws

 

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