Dogs Shouldn’t Be Eating Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate ice cream or any ice cream for that matter shouldn’t be fed to dogs. Chocolate ice cream in particular is packed with unhealthy ingredients like sugar and fat. It also contains lactose which many dogs have intolerance to. Dogs that are given chocolate ice cream (whether accidental or intentional) will most likely suffer from digestive upsets unless it was a really small amount.
Aside from the unhealthy ingredients, pet owners also need to be aware that chocolate ice cream will most likely contain some theobromine, which dogs are toxic to. According to PetMD, rich chocolate ice cream may contain up to 178 mg in theobromine, not enough to be considered fatal but may still cause harm, especially for puppies and smaller dogs.
If your dog eats a small amount of chocolate ice cream then watch over him carefully for the next few days. He may not necessarily require a trip to the vet if he is not showing any major symptoms. There are home remedies you can try for dogs that eat chocolate or chocolate-based food but this isn’t recommended unless the vet gives you the go ahead.