Summer is almost here and you know what that means!
That’s right, it’s ice cream time. Your local ice cream shop is waiting for you to grab a scoop and bask in the summer sun. Perhaps you’re ready to swing by the grocery store and pick up a pint of your favorite flavor. Of course, your trusty pup will be by your side on these ice cream outings! He or she may look at you with those big, sweet eyes as if to say “will you share with me?” But should you? Is ice cream safe for dogs? Ice cream for people may not be the best thing to treat your pup to (dogs and milk is usually a no-go). Luckily, there are plenty of animal-friendly companies out there that are making safe ice cream alternatives for your dog to enjoy.
Check out these 5 tips for safely enjoying a tasty treat with your dog this summer!
Ahh, Ben & Jerry’s, the gold standard for delicious, ethically sourced ice cream for us humans to enjoy. Ben & Jerry’s also has a line of dog-friendly ice cream, Doggie Desserts, that lets your furry pal enjoy a frozen treat with you safely. While Doggie Desserts aren’t available everywhere, you may be able to pick up a pint or two at your local grocery store or get them delivered to your door, depending on your location. If you’re lucky, your go-to ice cream shop might even stock their freezer with this dog-safe option.
2. Pick up a pack of Purina Frosty Paws
Up next, we have Purina’s Frost Paws. This dog-safe frozen treat option has great reviews, and you can pick it up at your local Target. Frosty Paws has a peanut butter flavor and an original flavor. Not only are these treats a safe ice cream alternative, but they are high in protein as well so you can feel good popping one out of the freezer for your pup at the end of the day.
3. Mix up a pint of Pooch Creamery
Another ice cream alternative you can try with your dog is Pooch Creamery. These lactose-free cups have only 5 ingredients and come in a variety of flavors. You can spice up that end-of-the-night run around the yard with a vanilla, carob, peanut butter or watermelon flavored treat.
4. Blend Nice Cream at home
Our fourth alternative is a DIY Option. If you have a blender, a few bananas and some peanut butter, you can make a healthy frozen treat for your pup without leaving home. That’s right, Nice Cream is the two-ingredient frozen treat that your pet will love, and it won’t break the bank. Blend up a batch and freeze in ice cube trays or paper cups so you have a stash for your pup all summer long.
5. Make your own puppy popsicles
Just like Nice Cream, you don’t need anything special to make puppy popsicles for your dog. There are plenty of recipes online from chicken to watermelon flavored pops that your dog will love. Bonus points if you spring for a cute silicone mold in the shape of a dog bone to freeze your pops in!
We all want to treat our pups, especially when they give us that look. You know the one I’m talking about. But ice cream intended for human consumption just isn’t good for dogs, and the last thing any pet-owner wants is to be the reason their pup is sick. There are plenty of safe alternatives to ice cream that your dog can enjoy. We hope these 5 alternatives give you some inspiration to start stocking your freezer!