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.
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