High temperatures don’t just affect humans. Also, dogs, especially those with thick fur, suffer the effects of heat, so it is important to protect them from its consequences. We must be very attentive to its hydration and symptoms of fatigue if we want to avoid dangerous heat strokes.
You may never have considered it, but your pet may also want to drink something cool when the thermometer exceeds 30 degrees. Homemade ice cream for dogs is a good option if you want to refresh your furry. For this reason, we show you how to make ice cream for dogs and explain which ones are safe for your pet and which ones are not. Read more: Can cats drink almond milk?
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Since dogs cannot eat many of the typical ingredients in our ice creams, we must replace them with foods that they can eat, always avoiding those that could be harmful to them. With this in mind, there are numerous options for preparing homemade ice cream for dogs, which may include ingredients such as:
Fruits: apple, watermelon, pear or banana are suitable fruits for dogs and provide them with vitamins and minerals while hydrating them. Remember also that there are many fruits that dogs should not eat and that, therefore, it is not recommended to add them to their ice creams.
Shredded Meats – Dogs are carnivorous animals, so there is nothing better for them than a refreshing treat made with meat.
Vegetables: carrots, peas or pumpkin are widely used ingredients in canine ice cream. However, there are also many vegetables that dogs should not eat and therefore should be avoided.
To make a banana ice cream for dogs, you only need half a ripe banana and a natural yogurt without sugar or lactose. If you don’t want to add extra fat to your dog, we also recommend that the yogurt be skimmed. If you already have the ingredients, follow these steps:
Pear and rice ice cream for dogs are just as easy to make as the previous one but even lighter. To do this, you will need a cup of rice milk and half a pear (or a whole one if it is small).
Once you have the ingredients, follow these steps:
Although it sounds strange to us, surely your pet will find chicken ice cream for dogs a delight. More than a treat, this ice cream is almost a complete meal and is perfect to offer on days when high temperatures can cause you to lose your appetite.
To make this homemade ice cream for dogs, you will have to get: a small fillet of chicken breast, half a cup of vegetable broth and some peas or a carrot (optional). Then follow the steps below:
Fruits and vegetables are a good combination to provide your pet with vitamins and minerals while hydrating and enjoying themselves. How to make ice cream for dogs with fruits and vegetables? You will only need a yogurt (skim, without sugar and lactose), half a small zucchini and 3–4 strawberries or raspberries.
Do you have the ingredients? If so, follow these steps:
Dogs can have ice cream, but this treatment cannot replace their usual meals. They should not be abused and should always be given in moderation (from time to time and small amounts). Also, never force your dog to eat something he doesn’t want.
If your ice cream is a lollipop (ice cubes), never give it directly from the freezer because licking it could stick to his tongue and injure him. Take it out of the freezer for a few minutes before giving it to her and, as a precaution, put it under the tap water for a few seconds.
The first question to be resolved is whether dogs can eat ice cream. And indeed, dogs can have ice cream, although this does not mean that you should share yours with your dog. As a general rule and as a precaution, you should not give him ice cream for people because it may contain ingredients that make him feel bad or even toxic.
Some of the most common ingredients in ‘human’ ice cream, such as cocoa and its derivatives (chocolate), are harmful to dogs’ health and, in high quantities, could cause death. It is also important to avoid lactose (milk) because his ability to digest it decreases as a dog grows.
Finally, it is essential to avoid the most common ingredient in ice cream for people: sugar or other sweeteners. An excess of sugars could cause our dog digestive or endocrine disorders, in addition to damaging his teeth.