Summer is coming. For many of us, the warm weather means certain things, such as swimming, picnics and barbecues, and, of course, ice cream. Our canine pals are always happy to sample our treats, and also enjoy cool snacks. However, it’s definitely not a good idea to share your ice cream with Fido: ice cream has too much fat and sugar for him, and may also contain things that are toxic to him, such as chocolate and xylitol. You can make him some of his own, though! A Hudson Valley, NY vet discusses doggy ice cream in this article.
Did you know that you can now buy ice cream made just for Man’s Best Friend. Several brands are offering cold snacks for our canine companions. Purina, for instance, has Frosty Paws. Ben & Jerry’s also have a few flavors. Check your favorite grocery and pet stores to see what they have available. You can also order it online, though you’re running the risk of it melting on the way.
Making Fido’s ice cream may be easier than you think. You’ll need to start with a good base. You can mix and match any of the following ingredients: natural peanut butter (make sure there’s no xylitol); ripe bananas; fat-free Greek or plain yogurt; sodium-free broth; pureed pumpkin; baby food (no garlic or onions); olive or wheat-germ oil; minced or pureed meat; or even canned food.
Next, you’ll want to customize your pup’s snack. You can incorporate pieces of kibble, bacon bits, small or crushed dog treats, and/or safe fruits and veggies, such as peas and carrots. Plain shredded meat is fine as well. Do not add chocolate chips, grapes or raisins, or nuts: these things aren’t safe for your furry friend. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe treats.
Ice cream isn’t the only cold snack you can make for your four-legged buddy. Here’s an easy one that’s bound to get that tail going: sprinkle some cooked hamburger, turkey, or chicken into an ice cube tray or a doggy freezer mold. You can add cheese, bacon bits, or spinach. Then, pour sodium-free beef or chicken broth over the mix and freeze overnight. Don’t forget to make Fido do a cute trick for his treat!
Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Hudson Valley, NY animal clinic, today!