Nothing beats a good old-fashioned vanilla ice cream cone on a warm summer’s day. If you like ice cream as much as I do, I’m sure you’ve wondered whether it’s something you can give to your dog as well. Can dogs eat ice cream?
Well, the short answer would be that dogs can eat ice cream, however, you do have to moderate the quantity, and make sure your dog is not lactose intolerant. Also, as chocolate is poisonous to dogs, chocolate ice cream is a big no-no for all dogs.
Only Lactose Tolerant Dogs Can Eat Ice Cream
The big problem with giving your dog ice cream or other dairy products is that a lot of dogs are lactose intolerant. If you’d give a lactose intolerant dog ice cream it would most likely cause quite a lot of discomfort, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.
If you are unsure whether your dog is lactose intolerant or not, you can give her a bit of ice cream, and see whether she shows any ill effects. If he does, it’s best to avoid giving her dairy products from this point on.
Dogs Cannot Eat a Lot of Ice Cream at Once
If your dog has no problem digesting dairy products, it’s safe to give her ice cream, but only in small amounts. While ice cream is a surprisingly good source of vitamin A and calcium, it contains a lot of fat as well. Feeding your dog a lot of fat-rich foods can lead to obesity.
Watch Out for Xylitol
Some ice creams can contain xylitol — a sugar substitute, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Before letting your dog eat an ice cream cone, make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol. If the ice cream does contain xylitol, do not give it to your dog.
In Conclusion: Lactose Tolerant Dogs Can Eat Ice Cream in Small Amounts
So, if your dog doesn’t have a problem digesting dairy products, it’s okay for her to eat ice cream, but only in small amounts. Also, makes sure you do not let your dog eat ice cream that contains xylitol or chocolate.