Man’s best friend can participate in the deliciousness of National Ice Cream Month — as long as that frozen treat is of the dog-friendly variety.
Milk-based products can cause digestion problems for some dogs, so instead of sharing your ice cream cone, veterinarians recommend purchasing frozen desserts made especially for canines or whipping some up yourself.
You can find premade doggie ice cream in the frozen section of certain grocery and pet stores, or you can get your canine companion some soft serve as a treat when boarding at some PetSmart locations.
However, you can also mix some up in your own kitchen with this easy DIY doggie ice cream recipe.
Simply mix together 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/4 cup water and the pup-friendly ingredient(s) of your choice from the list below to make a variety of custom ice cream flavors:
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 banana
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 cup carob chips
Blend the ingredients together, spoon the mixture into ice cube trays and place them in the freezer.
Once they’re frozen, pop a few out and invite your dog to join you for an icy sweet treat on a hot day.
Take a look below at some photos snapped at PetSmart on July 19, National Ice Cream Day, for visual proof that dogs enjoy ice cream just as much as we do.