Can Dogs Eat Sherbet or Sorbet? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

The general ingredients that go into a sherbet or sorbet is not considered “toxic” to dogs but that doesn’t mean it’s safe for dogs to eat them. We wouldn’t recommend letting your dog eat sherbet because of the high sugar content as well as lactose content.

What happens when dogs eat a sherbet?

A tiny lick here and there is unlikely to make a dog sick. A large amount of sherbet or sorbet, however, can cause problems in the dog’s digestive system. Even though sherbets are considered low-lactose food, the amount of dairy the frozen dessert contains might still be enough to cause mild problems for a dog’s digestive tract.

Sorbets don’t have the same problem since they are dairy-free but the large amount of sugar may still result in a dog suffering from mild digestive symptoms like stomach upsets and diarrhea.

Can dogs have peach sherbet?

No, we wouldn’t recommend letting dogs eat peach sherbet or any other flavor of sherbet for that matter. In addition to the lactose and sugar content, dog owners need to also be aware of other unhealthy ingredients that sherbets may contain. Certain favors of sherbet, such as the orange and lemon-flavored ones, may contain citric acid, which may trigger further distress in the dog’s stomach.

Fortunately, there are plenty of frozen treat alternatives that dogs will enjoy just as much. This could include frozen fruits such as tiny pieces of bananas, apples (without the seed), and blueberries. You can visit our fruits for dog database to find out what is safe for dogs to eat in moderation.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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