How To Make Homemade Ice Cream For Dogs: Recipes & Tips

0

 

Homemade ice cream for dogs is not as difficult or time consuming as you think.

You really can make some dog safe ice cream treats at home with a few simple ingredients.

Of course, if you find you don’t want to go the homemade option, there are always the pre mixed options like.

But, in this guide we will discuss what to stay away from, and a few recipes for dog safe ice cream if you want to do it yourself.

Let’s take a look!

(NOTE: this is a general informational and educational guide only. It is not professional advice. See a qualified professional for expert advice)

 

How To Make Homemade Ice Cream For Dogs: Recipes & Tips

Is Ice Cream Good For Dogs?

Dog safe ice cream can be OK in moderation, as a treat for most dogs.

It shouldn’t replace a balanced and nutritional diet for your dog, and it’s wise to watch the calorie intake of your dog for that day if you are feeding them ice cream.

Your vet is the best person to confirm whether bringing in new foods to your dog’s diet is going to be safe for your individual pet.

Always consider variables like allergies and health conditions specific to each dog (like diabetes or digestive issues) when feeding them new foods.

 

What To Stay Away From In Dog Ice Cream Ingredients

Dairy & LactoseMost dogs find it hard to process lactose and so it’s best to stay away from dairy products for this reason. Whole milk containing lactose contains the most lactose per serving among dairy products, while many cheese contain very little lactose.

Chocolate – Most chocolates are derived from roasted cacao seeds, which means most chocolates contain caffeine and theobromine. These ingredients are toxic for dogs so stay away from chocolate, in particular milk chocolate, semi sweet chocolate and baking chocolate.

Raisins & Grapes – Grapes and dried raisins have a high toxicity level to dogs.

Refined Sugar, Sweeteners, Artificial Preservatives – Lots of sugar and artificial preservatives are not great for dogs in general (especially for their teeth), but diabetic dogs will find sugar harmful.

Also stay away from ingredients with artificial sweeteners as they may contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets.

Any Other Toxic Foods Or Ingredients For Dogs – you can check out bigger lists of toxic ingredients and foods for dogs here and here.

 

What Are Some Good Dog Ice Cream Ingredients

Lactose Free, or Low Lactose Dairy – you can get lactose free or low lactose dairy products which might make them easier for your dog to digest. 

Most Fruits Except Grapes and Raisins – Fruits like banana, apples without the seeds, watermelon, blueberries, oranges. They can be a good source of fiber and healthy vitamins.

Yogurt – High in calcium and protein. The healthy bacteria cultures in yogurt are good for your dog’s gut, and they also eat most of the lactose in the yogurt in fermentation (breaking it down into glucose and galactose). Use low fat, low sugar that doesn’t have artificial sweeteners. Greek yogurt can be a good option.

Peanut Butter – good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Make sure to use unsalted, unsweetened peanut butter.

Other Good Foods and Ingredients For Dogs – You can find a list of good foods and ingredients for dogs here and here.

 

Easy Dog Safe Ice Cream Recipes

NOTE: these recipes are a general guide only. Always check with your vet to OK each ingredient and serving size for your dog.

1. Strawberry, Watermelon, Banana or Watermelon Ice Cream

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 handful of dog safe fruit from above
  • 3 or 4 cups of low/non-fat and unsweetened plain yogurt, or greek yogurt

How To Make It:

  1. Mash the fruit up
  2. Mix the fruit with the yogurt
  3. Freeze for 4 to 5 hours, take out and serve after 15-20 minutes of allowing to thaw at room temperature

 

2. Chocolate Chip (Carob Chip) Ice Cream

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 handful of dog safe carob chips
  • 3 or 4 cups of low/non-fat and unsweetened plain yogurt, or greek yogurt

How To Make It:

  1. Crush the carob chips up into fine smaller pieces
  2. Mix the crushed carob chips with the yogurt
  3. Freeze for 4 to 5 hours, take out and serve after 15-20 minutes of allowing to thaw at room temperature

 

3. Peanut Butter and Honey Ice Cream

What You’ll Need:

  • Natural or unsweetened honey
  • Unsalted and unsweetened peanut butter.
  • 3 or 4 cups of low/non-fat and unsweetened plain yogurt, or greek yogurt

How To Make It:

  1. Put one teaspoon (for smaller dogs), or one table spoon (for larger dogs) of honey into a small BPA free plastic ice cream container
  2. Put one teaspoon (for smaller dogs), or one table spoon (for larger dogs) of peanut butter into a small BPA free plastic ice cream container
  3. Mix the honey and peanut butter with the yogurt
  4. Freeze for 4 to 5 hours, take out and serve after 15-20 minutes of allowing to thaw at room temperature

 

What Is A Good Alternative To Homemade Dog Safe Ice Cream?

A good alternative might be Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Mix (on Amazon), which is a pre-mix dog formulated ice cream powder you simply mix with hot water.

It’s simple and quick to make without you having to buy the ingredients, or measure out and worry about portions of ingredients.

You can read more about it here.

 

Friendly Disclaimers 🙂

 

TheDailyShep.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc., or its affiliates.

Additionally, TheDailyShep.com participates in various other affiliate programs, and we sometimes get a commission through purchases made through our links.

 

TheDailyShep.com are not veterinarians, or animal professionals/experts. Information provided is for informational purposes only – it is not a substitute for professional or qualified advice.

The information is based on either our own thorough research, and/or own experiences, as a means of free speech.

By consuming this information, you accept that TheDailyShep.com do not have client or patient relationship with you, and TheDailyShep.com are not advising you to act on anything you read.

You should always consult your own veterinarian, animal expert, or health care professional and follow their advice before making decisions on all matters.

You can find our full set of disclaimers and T & C’s in the footer of this site.

 

Enjoy your reading, and thank you for being here 🙂

Share.

About Author

Leave A Reply