Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream?

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Ice cream is safe for dogs

A small lick of ice cream is probably not going to harm your dog but it’s not a treat you want to be regularly giving your dog. There are a few different problems with feeding ice cream. Some dogs may be lactose intolerant and giving them ice cream can cause abdominal discomfort, gas, and diarrhea. Another concern is that ice cream is high in sugar. Eating high sugar foods can lead to obesity and diabetes. Dogs do not need any additional sugar in their diet. Do not chose sugar free options if you’re trying to avoid the sugar. Some artificial sweeteners, such as xylitol, can be toxic to dogs.

Caution is also needed to avoid giving ice cream that contains any ingredients that may be toxic to dogs such as chocolate and raisins. There are many other safer frozen treat options such as freezing a piece of fruit.