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Can you give a dog ice cream: what are the health risks

Alina MilsentLife
Can you feed dogs ice cream

Experts advise you to think twice before treating your pet to ice cream. Dogs are happy to enjoy cool sweets in the summer heat, and a seemingly small portion cannot do any harm to the animal.

However, it's best to refrain from feeding your dog ice cream, at least if you care about the health and well-being of your dog. The publication Love Your Dog explains the dangers of ice cream.

Why ice cream is bad for dogs

Sugar and fats contained in ice cream are not good for animals at all. It's not just about extra calories and the risk of obesity. Ice cream can cause problems with the gastrointestinal tract and various diseases, such as pancreatitis.

Are there any benefits to feeding your dog ice cream

There are no health benefits to ice cream. There are better, healthier sources of healthy fats. Ice cream has no nutrients for dogs at all.

Often, owners give their pets something cool to save them from the summer heat. Ice cream is not the best way to do this. You can try giving them ice cubes or freezing their toys or treats.

What health problems does ice cream cause

Obesity

Being overweight puts extra stress on your dog's joints and can lead to diabetes and heart disease.

Stomach upset

All dogs have some degree of lactose intolerance. Many animals develop vomiting, diarrhea, or flatulence after eating dairy products.

Pancreatitis

The pancreas produces and secretes enzymes that aid in digestion. Fatty foods can cause inflammation of the pancreas, which leads to severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and decreased appetite. Pancreatitis is usually diagnosed with a blood test.

Poisoning

Chocolate ice cream is especially dangerous for dogs. Chocolate contains the compound theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. Dark chocolate has a lot of theobromine in it, so only a small amount of it can cause severe poisoning.

What to do if your dog eats ice cream

If your dog has eaten a little ice cream that does not contain ingredients that are toxic to the animal, he will probably not feel any serious consequences. Watch your pet's health carefully. If vomiting or diarrhea occurs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you which delicacies are dangerous for dogs, because even a small piece can be fatal.

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