If you’re like me, you love ice cream. And while you sit there enjoying it, your dogs are sitting there looking at you hoping you will share.
But should you share your ice cream with them? And what can you give them instead?
Is Ice Cream Bad for Dogs?
Unfortunately for our furry friends, the normal ice cream that we buy at the grocery store is not good for dogs.
It’s too high in sugar and lactose for them. Too much sugar can lead to obesity in dogs and too much lactose can cause them to get stomach upset and diarrhea. And no one wants to cause that in their dog.
How to Make Non-Dairy Ice Cream for Dogs
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Dairy-free ice cream for dogs is a simple treat to make. It only takes 2 ingredients and a few minutes to make. Then it just needs to freeze and will be ready to give to your dog.
Always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog new foods.
All you need is 2 ripe bananas and ¼ cup peanut butter (make sure the peanut butter does not contain xylitol).
To make this start with mashing the bananas.
Once the bananas are completely mashed, mix in the peanut butter until it is combined.
Then spoon it into an ice cube tray, paw-shaped tray, or some other small container, like an empty yogurt container. Freeze until solid.
Once solid you can store them in a freezer bag or other container with a cover.
You can freeze overripe bananas to use later for this recipe. Just peel the bananas and cut them into chunks. Then place on a cookie sheet or plate and freeze for a couple of hours.
Once frozen, put them in a freezer-safe container. Then when you want to make some dog ice cream, just take out one banana’s worth of pieces and put them in a food processor.
Process until smooth and continue with the rest of the recipe.
To make moving wobbly silicone trays easier, place them on a cookie sheet before filling.
These are great to give to your dog outside on a hot day.
Otherwise, inside I recommend keeping your dog on an easily cleaned surface. Once the ice cream starts melting it can make a mess.
Both Luna and Morgan love dairy-free ice cream for dogs. They eat it as fast as they can and then look at me asking for more.
They agree that these treats are a great way to give your dog ice cream that isn’t nearly as unhealthy as the store-bought stuff we humans eat.
Other Frozen Non-Dairy Dog Treats
Here are some other easy to make non-dairy frozen dog treats to try.
Frozen Dog Treats with Dairy
If your dog is able to eat small amounts of dairy you may be interested in these frozen treats that use Greek yogurt.
- 2 ripe bananas
- ¼ cup peanut butter (Only use peanut butter that does not contain xylitol)
- Mash the bananas.
- Add the peanut butter to the mashed bananas and mix well.
- Spoon the mixture into an icecube tray.
- Freeze until solid, at least 3 hours.
- Once solid, remove from trays and store in a freezer-safe container.
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