If you are enjoying ice cream of soft cone or a bowl of frozen custard on hot summer by sitting in front of the television and by your side your fluffy dog will be waiting for a lick. Ice creams are not recommended to your pets, because it depends on the ingredients on the specific ice cream which you are eating. The basic ingredients of ice cream like milk, cream and sugar are not toxic to dog’s but there are some other ingredients which contain in the ice creams are not safe for your dog, so it is not recommended to feed. If it doesn’t contain chocolate, you can feed the ice cream which is plain vanilla without any nuts or preservative.
Ingredients or flavours like
Chocolate – It contains two major compounds like the bromine and caffeine which is unique of the greatest common poisonousness treated at veterinary clinics. Different types of chocolates have various amount of toxins but in general the darker and more bitter the chocolate will be; the higher concentration of toxic ingredients it has which will affect the dog’s. An ice cream contains toxins in any form like chunks, swirl or flavouring or chips which is off limit strictly to the dogs.
Toxicity can lead dogs to
- Increased heart rate.
- Muscle tremors.
- Increased in body temperature.
- Increased in blood pressure.
- Cardiac arrhythmias.
- Heart failure and leads to death.
Coffee or beans of espresso – These coffee beans contain high level of caffeine which can cause the symptoms which is similar to the chocolate toxicity. Even this high level of caffeine leads to collapse, seizures and death to the dog.
Macadamia nuts – In ice creams, nuts will be added occasionally which can affect the muscles and nerve function for the dogs. The toxicity is generally moderate mildly and it may affect the pets which may exhibits
- Hind limb weakness
- Muscle tremors
This nut has high content of fat which can lead to the development of pancreatitis which is a painful inflammation of the pancreas where this organ is responsible for production of digestive enzymes.
Xylitol – Which is the artificial sweetener added to the many sugar free food products including to the ice creams. If it is intake by the dog’s it may cause to surge insulin to release and it may lead to drop the blood sugar level. This hypoglycaemia will cause weakness, vomiting and seizures to the dogs and sometimes it may also cause liver failure.
Tips to feed ice cream to your dog
- If your dog couldn’t resist and if you want to share your ice cream to them just follow some tips
- Only give the ice cream which doesn’t have the chocolate where the plain vanilla is safe.
- Don’t share sugar free ice creams to your dog because it will contain xylitol.
- Also make sure that your ice cream doesn’t contain macadamia nuts or coffee beans.
- And don’t feed large amount of ice cream to your dogs. Giving two or one lick is ok but feeding a whole bowl is not recommended.