Yes, chocolate ice cream is bad for dogs. Unlike humans, dogs can’t break down the methylxanthines in chocolate. For that reason, chocolate ice cream will cause chocolate poisoning for dogs, a lethal occurrence.
Dogs share lots of similarities with humans. For instance, they are all mammals, need constant affection, and of course, they are both social beings. However, that doesn’t mean humans and canines have everything in common.
We have a few things we do that dogs don’t. For instance, we pay taxes. Dogs don’t. And even more relevant to the topic, our bodies can metabolize chocolate compounds, unlike those of our furry friends.
As such, it’s generally not a wise idea to share anything containing chocolate with dogs. Sure, much like humans, pups enjoy the taste of this treat. However, chocolate ice cream to dogs can attract a plethora of health complications.
Most of us love chocolate-flavored ice cream, and it offers lots of health benefits to us, but that doesn’t qualify it as a healthy treat for canines. So yes, to keep your canine happy and healthy, never think of giving dogs chocolate ice cream.
If you have to enjoy chocolate, have it when you don’t have your dog with you. Still, you can get a healthy treat to keep your fur baby just as happy as you enjoy your favorite summer treat. Thankfully, we have tons of snacks that work best for canines in the summer heat.
Why Is Chocolate Ice Cream Bad For Dogs?
Chocolate ice cream is bad for dogs because it can easily land them in emergency rooms. As sweet and tasty as this treat is to humans, chocolate ice cream can cause deadly effects in dogs.
Methylxanthines compounds are the major threats here, and that includes theobromine and caffeine. The effects of the two compounds in dogs are much the same, although theobromine is deadlier than caffeine.
Unfortunately, all forms of chocolate contain at least one of these two compounds. What that means is that a “safe” chocolate-flavored treat for dogs doesn’t exist. Even worse, of the two substances, theobromine comes in higher concentrations in most chocolate ice creams, so the likelihood of dogs developing health issues from ice cream is more pronounced.
Usually, the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains, and the more poisonous it is to dogs. That means the dry cocoa powder is the most toxic form of chocolate, while white chocolate comes last on the same list.
However, all the danger in chocolate ice cream doesn’t come from methylxanthines. This treat also packs tons of sugar. To be more precise, there’s an ounce of sugar for every cup of chocolate ice cream. So yes, other than poisoning, this tasty treat can also attract cavities, obesity, and other conditions.
Some dog parents argue that a small amount of chocolate ice cream won’t do dogs any harm. That could be true. But let’s be honest here – we have lots of healthy treats for dogs to choose from, so you shouldn’t risk feeding your dog chocolate ice cream.
But how small is this “small” amount that dogs can eat? What quantity of chocolate ice cream can cause issues for dogs? Well, we still have that section coming later on in this article. But first, let’s look at the potential aftermaths of your dog feasting on chocolate ice cream.