Summer time is the best time for a frosty treat. Ice cream cones hold a special place in our hearts as a childhood memory and a habit that you can never outgrow! Of course, you want to share your summertime treats with your pet. Before you order up a second cone for your pooch, it’s important to know if it’s really safe or not.

Can Dogs Have Ice Cream?

The simple answer to this question is, yes, dogs can have ice cream. But just because you can have something doesn’t mean it’s good for you! Adult dogs aren’t equipped to handle the lactose found in ice cream and other dairy products. Ice cream may not hurt your dog in a small dose here and there, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a healthy summer snack option. 

Safe Summer Treats

If you do decide to serve your dog ice cream you should only give them a small amount of a vanilla or fruit flavored blend. Stay away from sugar-free options; the artificial sugars are toxic for your pet! An even better, and safer, summer treat option that we recommend is serving your dog homemade ice cream. You can make homemade ice cream by combining peanut butter, bananas, and a small amount of yogurt. Put the concoction into the freezer and once it’s frozen, let your dog enjoy their tasty treat! Vegan ice cream is also a safe option for your pet, but you should still stick to vanilla or fruit flavors only. 

What if Your Pet Eats an Unsafe Summer Treat?

If your dog has eaten ice cream without your permission, don’t panic. Figure out roughly how much ice cream your dog ate and what flavor it was. You should be on the lookout for symptoms of illness such as vomiting, diarrhea, gas, and bloating. If you notice any of those symptoms, contact the vegetarian. If you find out that the dog consumed ice cream that contains coffee, chocolate, or raisins, be sure to give them a call too. 

Summer time should be a fun time for you and your dog. There’s no doubt that giving them treats makes them happy, but it’s your job to make sure that happiness doesn’t turn into an illness. If you’re unsure about the safety of a summer treat for your pet, ask the veterinarian for confirmation that it’s safe. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your furry friends!