Maybe. Ice cream isn’t a dog-friendly food, but vanilla ice cream might be the safest flavor to share with your dog. 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.) In other words, 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.
Did you know you can make dog-friendly ice cream at home? It’s easy to whip together with frozen fruit. Check out our favorite recipe blow or click the link above to see all of our tasty ice cream recipes for dogs.
Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream for Dogs
Yield 1 cups
Your dog will go bananas for this Frosty Paws alternative!
- 1 banana
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp plain yogurt (use non-fat or non-dairy alternative, like coconut milk if you prefer)
- Blender or food processor
- Dice up a ripe banana and freeze for at least 4 hours.
- In a food processor, place the frozen banana, peanut butter, and yogurt in the bowl and blitz until smooth.
- Serve with a sprinkle of cookies as pictured, a dollop of fruit (can you say PB&J?), or just as it is.
Your dog will thank you.
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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.