Is It OK To Give My Dog Frozen Treats?
Treats are probably the most favorite thing in the world for the majority of dogs out there. They come in all shapes and sizes and all are equally delicious – not to mention that they work so well for positive reinforcement and training in general. Sometimes, though, treats can be a way to cool off your pooch in addition to rewarding them with a yummy snack!
Frozen treats for dogs can be in the form of ice cream for pets or simply frozen fruits or veggies your pooch loves to nibble on – the possibilities are endless. However, not all frozen treats are safe for dogs. Read on to learn which of these icey delicacies your pet is allowed to eat and which are best left in the freezer!
Frozen Treats – Yay or Nay?
There have been some rumors spreading around the internet, saying that giving your dog frozen treats is a very dangerous thing. According to some DIY research, it was concluded that frozen treats can trick your pet’s body into actually warming up, which then increases the risk of a heat stroke in the summer. The truth, however, is far from that. In normal, moderate amounts, frozen treats – and even ice cubes – can help your pet cool down during the hot summer months. In general, giving your dog frozen treats can be just fine, but it still depends on the type of treat and a few other factors. So here’s what you should know before you scoop up doggie ice cream for your four-legged best friend.
- Safe Ingredients:
You can’t share a pint of your favorite ice cream with your pet, no matter how eager they seem. While it might be enjoyable for you, it might be toxic for your pooch! So first ensure that the frozen treat you're giving your dog is made from safe ingredients. Some frozen treats designed for dogs are commercially available and are made with dog-safe ingredients. For instance, these are a favorite with dogs as they come in a variety of yummy flavors such as maple bacon or peanut butter, and they are made from all dog-safe, natural ingredients.
- All in Moderation:
Don’t go overboard. Frozen treats, like any other treats, should be given in moderation. Dogs have different dietary needs and calorie requirements, so excessive treats can contribute to obesity and other health issues. This is especially important for frozen treats. Too many, and you can upset your dog’s stomach. After all, you wouldn’t feel all that well after eating too much ice cream either!
- Avoid Frozen Bones:
Never give your dog frozen bones as treats. When frozen, their texture changes, and as a result, they can splinter into hundreds of pointy little bits, and could injure your dog badly. So while you might think that your pooch could appreciate a chilled knuckle to gnaw on, it would be for the best to skip on bones from the freezer.
- Temperature Sensitivity:
Keep an eye out for your pet's reactions. Some dogs may have sensitive teeth, gums, or digestive systems, and consuming very cold treats might cause issues. Observe how your dog reacts to the frozen treat and watch if they show any signs of discomfort, such as grimacing, loud belly sounds, etc. Frozen treats aren’t the only way to cool down your pet in the summer, so no need to force it!
- DIY Frozen Treats:
If you're making homemade frozen treats for your dog, always use dog-safe ingredients and recipes to ensure your pooch is eating healthy. Many pet owners freeze blended fruits (like blueberries or watermelon), or mix yogurt and peanut butter for a yummy dog-friendly frozen treat.
And if you really want to step up your game and make these treats both look and taste good, you can always use some fun silicone molds to give them a cute shape. Sure, your pooch might not notice the difference, but you will!
A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.
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