National Ice Cream Day is July 18! There aren’t many things that just about everyone likes, but ice cream is definitely on that list. As it turns out, our furry pals also enjoy ice cream. Of course, you’ll have to take a few things into consideration. A Lewisville, TX vet lists some below.
You can find ice cream made just for Fido in many pet food stores and grocery markets. Try a few different kinds and see what your furry friend likes!
Did you know that you can make ice cream just for Fido? You’ll want to start with a base. Some of the things you can use are ripe bananas, natural peanut butter, sodium-free broth, liver powder, pureed pumpkin or squash, fat-free yogurt, and organic baby food. You can also mix and match! For ‘toppings’ you can try things like kibble, bacon bits, shredded cheese, canned meat or fish, or any cooked and boneless meat, fish, or chicken. Your pooch may also like having some fruits and veggies, like apple slices, blueberry, or bananas. Experiment with different flavors and combinations!
What about our feline pals? Kitties really shouldn’t have dairy, so you don’t want to give Fluffy any real ice cream. Your furball may enjoy some tuna and tuna juice over shaved ice. You can also try mixing canned tuna, chicken, or salmon with plain, fat-free yogurt and a little parsley. Or, mix a pate-style cat food with ice and a little sodium-free broth in a blender. Another option is to just freeze some squeezable type cat treats.
Pets are very, very good at guilting us into sharing food and treats. Don’t let Fido have any of your ice cream, though. Many ‘people’ ice creams contain xylitol, which is toxic to pets. They also often contain a lot of fat and sugar, which also aren’t great for our furry friends. You may be able to share some plain frozen yogurt with your pet, though.
Safety first! Never give your four-legged buddy garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; mushrooms; chocolate; avocado; fruits with seeds or pips; meat on the bone; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; alcohol; or raw dough or yeast. Ask your vet for more information.
Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Lewisville, TX animal clinic, today!