Maybe. Ice cream isn’t a dog-friendly food, but it’s possible to share certain types of ice cream with your dog without an adverse reaction. First, keep in mind that some dogs are lactose intolerant and should never have ice cream. Second, most ice cream is loaded with sugar, which dogs absolutely don’t need in their diet. Low-sugar ice cream, on the other hand, usually contains artificial sweeteners, which are probably worse for dogs than the sugar they’re replacing. (Xylitol, for one, is toxic.) Never feed your dog ice cream containing chocolate, which is also toxic.
The Bottom Line
Your dog is better off without ice cream. But if you do want to share your desert, keep it to a small amount of vanilla ice cream once in a blue moon.
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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.