- Well we humans really enjoy eating ice creams on a warm day chilling out with friends watching an interesting television show etc but have you ever thought of giving your best friends a cup of ice cream too, you know whom I am talking about right, yes it’s your lovely pooch. But can they eat ice creams?, well the following are the things you need to look into before giving them ice creams.
- Well most of the dogs are lactose intolerant and they simply cannot digest diary products that well, so as they cannot digest milk or diary products the ice cream which you prefer to eat might not be the exact one for them. So is ice creams for dogs bad?, the answer for that is there are different ways to make ice creams for your dog which is healthy for them.
Ice cream for dogs recipe
There are several non diary ice cream recipes such as:
- Creamy banana ice cream
- Banana strawberry ice cream
- Banana peanut butter ice cream
- Banana blueberry ice cream
Dog ice cream recipe (yogurt banana peanut butter)
Take three to four cups of yogurt with low fat.
1 large banana
2 Four tablespoons peanut butter
3 Olive oil or coconut oil and a cooking spray
4 Small dog treats for the popsicle “sticks”
1 First you need to blend banana, peanut butter and yogurt in a blender.
2 Place small cups in a baking pan and spray with cooking spray.
3 Fill half yogurt mixture in each cup, then stick a dog treat into each one of them to serve as an edible popsicle stick.
4 Then keep the pan in the freezer and let it freeze for 3 to 4 hours.
5 Remove a “popsicle” from the freezer, take it off from the cup, and hold on to the stick as your lovely pooch enjoys his treat. After he completes half of the portion then give him the rest of it he’ll enjoy the rest of it on his own.
No chocolate or chocolate ice creams
- Never give chocolate or chocolate ice creams to your dog, chocolate consists of two compounds theobromine and caffeine that makes it one of the most toxic substance to give your dog. The amount of toxins in chocolates are different for different chocolates
- But normally it is considered as the darker and bitter the chocolate the higher the toxic ingredients in it. Ice creams that contain chocolate or chocolate flavours in any form such as chips, chunks or swirl are strictly not recommended for dogs.
Chocolate toxicity can lead to various diseases like:
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle tremors
- Increased body temperature
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Increased blood pressure
- Heart failure
To prevent your dog from all this diseases you just have to do one thing ( avoid giving chocolate or chocolate ice creams to your dog ) and never buy regular ice creams for dogs as it is not recommended.
Safest ice creams for dogs
- As mentioned above in the article general ice creams are not good for dogs but different lactose free ice creams which can be made those are the kind of ice creams that are good for dogs.
Vanilla ice creams for dogs
- If you really want to go ahead and give a regular ice cream to your dog and you are not willing to put some effort and make lactose free ice cream for dogs then vanilla ice cream is the best choice and the only ice cream which is recommended.
- Vanilla is a plain ice cream which doesn’t have many flavours in it which is the right option for your dog but make sure that you only give once a while and don’t make it a regular habit as it also contains decent amount of sugar.
Ready made Ice creams
- If you are not able to make lactose free ice cream for dogs at home then you can buy ready made lactose free ice cream or vegan ice cream make sure you search around your region or place whether such ice creams are available and you can always search online to find out which kind of place offers such ice creams then you can go there or probably get it delivered to your home.
Tooth health and overall health of dogs
- Well generally anything sweet such as ice creams, cookies and sweets or any other sweet substance or food item which humans find delicious is generally not a good idea for your dog, it is certainly not recommended in terms of nutrition and weight point of view as by consuming too much sugar your dog doesn’t again any nutritional value but in fact it would eventually put on weight.
- Reducing weight in humans can be done with some efforts but reducing weight in dogs is definitely not an easy task as you are not the one who needs to put efforts rather it’s your dog and getting your dog to do regular physical activity is not that easy.
- Overall too much of ice creams or anything related to sugar is not good for your dog and also by consuming a lot of sugar your dog might get some sudden energy and do some unusual behaviours which can also lead to unusual aggression.
So are ice creams for dogs bad?
Well the simple answer to this is yes it is bad if you are giving them regular diary based ice creams but if you are giving them lactose free ice cream then it’s a good option.