Summer is here! One of our favorite things about the warm weather? Ice cream! Our canine patients are also very fond of snacks. Want to spoil your dog a bit? Why not make Fido his own ice cream? A Pasadena, MD vet offers some tips on making this frozen treat for your furry friend in this article.
Never give Fido regular ice cream. Many dogs are lactose intolerant. Your pooch could get sick after his snack! Plus, normal ice cream has a lot of sugar. This also isn’t good for your pup. If that weren’t enough, many ice creams include things like macadamia nuts, xylitol, and chocolate, which are all toxic to dogs.
When making ice cream, you want to start with a base. Some of the things you can use include bananas, peanut butter, pureed pumpkin, sodium-free broth, plain yogurt, liver powder, and organic gravy or baby food. Feel free to mix and match to suit your pet’s taste! You can also puree cooked, boneless meat, fish, or chicken for extra tail wags.
Want to add some toppings? There are lots of great options to choose from. Bacon bits, kibble, and crushed doggy treats are all very popular with Man’s Best Friend. You can also use shredded cheese, canned chicken or beef, cooked egg, carob chips, or sliced hot dogs. There are also plenty of safe fruits and veggies you can use, such as strawberries, blueberries, apples, peas, and spinach.
Not sure where to start? Combine a banana with a cup of plain non-dairy yogurt and some natural peanut butter. Or, mix cooked, boneless chicken with organic gravy. Another combination would be pureed pumpkin and peanut butter. Put it in a blender until it’s creamy. Then, pour the mix into an ice cube tray. Sprinkle with your choice of toppings and freeze.
Be sure to stick with foods that are safe for Fido. Never give your pet anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; avocados; pitted fruits; macadamia nuts; chocolate; mushrooms; caffeine; or xylitol. Meat on the bone is also unsafe, as are raw meat, dough, and yeast.
Please reach out to us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Pasadena, MD vet clinic, we are dedicated to helping you keep your pet happy and healthy.