Ice creams are generally not a good treat for your dog. It is high in fat and sugar and does not offer anything good but an upset stomach.
Ice creams with artificial sugars, like xylitol, are even worse. The consumption of xylitol is known to be fatal and can cause liver failure and seizures in dogs.
Aside from that, our favorite chocolate or coffee ice creams are a big no-no since these ingredients are considered toxic to our furry pets. You accidentally add in some nuts, like macadamia, and your dog is in for some serious health emergency.
The safest ice cream you can give your dog is plain vanilla, or better yet, a sorbet, which does not contain any milk.
Just make sure that it does not have lots of sugar, and the fruit ingredient is safe to eat, like blueberries, mangoes, or cranberries.
Grapes, cherries, and avocados are toxic to dogs.
Yogurt is safe for dogs, provided they are plain or non-fat plain. It is a good source of calcium, protein, vitamins, and probiotics that can improve your dog’s gut health.
But, remember that it is still a dairy product that can cause lactose intolerance. When giving yogurt, it is recommended to follow the 10% rule: do not give a treat that is more than 10% of their daily caloric intake.
Also, a lot of yogurts in the market may contain some artificial sweeteners, so it is best to check the labels.
A popular addition to desserts, whipped cream’s airy and light texture makes it an ideal sweet treat for us humans.
But, for our dogs, not so much. Its high fat and sugar content and lack of any nutritional benefits like vitamins and minerals make whipping cream not an ideal choice as a treat.
Plus, its airy volume makes it easy to forget that we are giving them enough already. The amount given to dogs should not exceed the size of their paws.
A tangy and sour dairy product that has been fermented with lactic acid bacteria, sour cream has been used to add flavor to our favorite dishes like soups, tacos, and sauces. But, again, sour cream is not a recommended dog treat for our dogs.
It has high-fat content, and some commercial products contain gelatin, rennin, and modified starches that are not suitable for dogs.
A small amount would probably have no issues for Fido but lookout for any signs of stomach upsets.
Lastly, Julia Child’s famous quip that “anything is good with enough butter” would not sit well with our dog’s health.
Butter contains saturated fats, and adding it to our pooch’s diet would certainly tax their heart and cause obesity.