Can Dogs Eat Strawberry Ice Cream? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
As a general rule of thumb, dogs should be steered clear of any foods that contain dairy products and that includes strawberry ice cream.
Why strawberry ice cream is unsafe for dogs
One of the main risks with feeding strawberry ice cream to dogs is the effect of lactose. Most dogs are lactose-intolerant. Their digestive systems don’t have the ability to digest dairy products like milk, cream, and cheese. strawberry ice cream is packed with dairy ingredients like milk and double cream. There is a high chance of a dog suffering from a stomach upset if they eat more than a spoonful.
There is also the high sugar and fat content. Too much sugar can aggravate the dog’s stomach and make the digestive symptoms worse. Symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting may follow after a dog eats too much strawberry ice cream.
One last risk (and quite a major one) is the presence of artificial sweeteners like xylitol. Sugar-free strawberry ice creams may contain this sweetener, which is toxic to dogs.
What to do if your dog ate strawberry ice cream
First, check the product label of the strawberry ice cream and make sure it doesn’t contain any ingredients that are toxic to dogs. Call the vet if it does contain ingredients like xylitol.
Next, check how much the dog ate. A small amount (such as a teaspoons’ worth) of strawberry ice cream is unlikely to pose much harm to your dog’s health. You may just want to keep a close eye on your dog for the next few days in case he does develop any worrying symptoms.