Ice Cream and Dogs: Is it Good for your Pekingese?

 


Does ice cream and dogs mix? What do you think? Cheese, milk, ice cream — they all have one thing in common, Lactose. If your pet can digest lactose, then he can eat all these foods in small amounts. Cheese and milk are nice sources for nutrients and protein, however ice cream is something that should only be given occasionally.

Just like us, there are dog breeds that are lactose intolerant while others are not. When you say lactose intolerant, the dog lacks the enzyme lactase in his small intestine that breaks down lactose (the sugar in milk). Lactose intolerance may either be developed or inborn. Since lactose cannot be broken down, it simply passes through their system undigested, causing discomfort, gas and bloating.

If you are sure that your pet is not lactose intolerant, then he can eat ice cream as long as the flavor is safe. Vanilla is the safest one for him. There are lots of ice cream flavors that are not safe for your pet, such as rum raisin or chocolate. Your pet also should not have an ice cream that has artificial sweeteners. But, take note that human ice cream is not so good for your pet. There are ice cream which are specifically formulated for them. And just because your pet is allowed to eat ice cream necessarily mean that he should eat as much as he can. Every once in a while is fine. Just be aware that there is a drawback here, all those excess sugar and fat. All those excess sugar can make him extra-energetic, so feed him sparingly.

Milk on the other hand has the highest content of lactose of all dairy products, so do not give it to your puppy if he happens to be intolerant. Even if your pet isn’t allergic to it, large amounts of milk may be hard on the stomach. However, milk has plentiful of nutrients which proves to be beneficial for your pet. Milk contains Vitamin D, calcium, Vitamin A, protein, potassium and healthy fats. If your pekingese is not lactose intolerant, then feel free to include small amounts of milk in his diet or use it on his recipes.

Ice Cream and Dogs: Is it Good for your Pekingese?

Ice Cream and Dogs

Banana Frosty Treats

  • Place a banana in a food processor or blender. Add 32 oz. of plain yogurt, 2 tsp. of honey and 2 tsp. peanut butter into the mix. Alternatively, try using goat’s milk yogurt since it contains less lactose.
  • Mix all aforementioned ingredients and blend it well.
  • get paper cups, small plastic containers or ice cube trays as molds for the mixture. Pour small amounts into the molds.
  • Freeze the treats, then put then in a freezer bag for easier storage.

Berry Frosty Treats

  • Place a banana in a food processor or blender. Add 32 oz. of plain yogurt, 2 tsp. of honey.  Add 1/4 cup strawberries, blueberries or cranberries for that extra antioxidant boost for your pet.
  • Mix all aforementioned ingredients and blend it well.
  • get paper cups, small plastic containers or ice cube trays as molds for the mixture. Pour small amounts into the molds.
  • Freeze the treats, then put then in a freezer bag for easier storage.

The idea of ice cream and dogs is really nice. Just imagine a milk bone nestled in a sweet, vanilla ice cream. Makes your tummy rumble, right? However, as what experts would advice: On a hot day, it is fine to give your pet a doggy-formulated ice cream proven if he is not lactose intolerant. Otherwise, do not give him since it would cause digestive upset and diarrhea as well as may also cause food allergies.

What is your pekingese’s indulgence? Do you give him ice cream? Share your sweet story with us below.

 

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