As an owner, you might be looking for a sweet treat for your pooch, and you might be wanting to know more about dog safe ice cream.
Firstly, you’ll be pleased to know there are dog safe ice cream options out there.
Secondly, in this guide, we’ve outlined some of the reasons regular ice cream ingredients can be harmful for dogs, so you know what to look out for in the doggy ice cream options.
Let’s have a look…
(NOTE: this is a general informational and educational guide only. This is not professional advice)
Dog Safe Ice Cream: What To Look For, & Dog Safe Options
What Makes Regular Ice Cream Unsafe or Harmful For Dogs?
1. Lactose and Dairy
Most dogs find it hard to reliably digest the lactose in dairy type products such as milk found in ice cream.
The more lactose a dairy product contains, the greater risk it might pose to a dog – whole milk for example contains the most lactose (in grams) per serving.
A good sign a dog is lactose intolerant or finds it hard to digest lactose is if they get gassy or get diarrhea after consuming dairy.
2. Flavors Like Chocolate or Raisin
An ice cream flavor like chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine – both of which are toxic to a dog’s digestive system.
Three particular types of chocolate to be aware of are are milk chocolate, semi sweet chocolate, and the most toxic one which is baking chocolate.
You can read more about chocolate poisoning and treatment here.
Raisin flavor is another flavor which can be toxic for dogs.
3. Artificial Sweeteners, Preservatives and Sugar
High levels of sugar, salt and artificial sweeteners or preservatives can also be bad for dogs.
Not only will they rot a dog’s teeth over time, but they are simply not as healthy or easy for your dog’s body to digest and deal with as natural sugars or natural preservatives for example.
Particularly if a dog is a diabetic, ice cream with high sugar levels can be dangerous.
What Makes Dog Safe Ice Cream Safe For Healthy Dogs?
We say healthy dogs because there are things like allergies or health conditions that are specific to some dogs that still might make some foods harmful for these dogs.
For this reason, your vet is always to best person to tell you whether or not a new food is safe for your individual dog or pet.
But, if we take a dog safe ice cream like Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Mix (on Amazon) for example, we can see:
- It is formulated specifically for dogs and their digestive needs
- It has flavors such as peanut butter, maple bacon, Carob (dog safe chocolate), and vanilla – no flavors like chocolate that might contain ingredients like caffeine or theobromine that can be toxic for dogs
- Peanut butter for example is safe for most dogs in moderation. It is a good source of protein for dogs. It contains heart-healthy fats, vitamins B and E and niacin. Raw, unsalted peanut butter is the healthiest option because it doesn’t contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that can be toxic to dogs
- Similarly, unsalted peanuts contain good fats and proteins that can benefit your dog in moderation.
- It contains whole milk that is lactose free
- It has ingredients like evaporated cane juice, gelatin and salt with no or little artificial sweeteners and preservatives
You can read more about how easy it is to make Puppy Scoops Ice Cream in this guide.
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