Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream? Is it Safe for Your Pooch?

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Can dogs eat ice cream?

Since most dogs are lactose intolerant and many are sensitive to dairy, they'll likely develop diarrhea.

Why is ice cream bad for dogs?

Pancreatitis and weight gain

Toxic ingredients and flavorings

What should you do if your dog eats ice cream accidentally?

So, if I can’t feed my dog ice cream, what can I give them instead?

Chocolate and raisins are also harmful to dogs, so ice cream flavors like chocolate or rum and raisin could make your dog really unwell.


Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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