During the humid summer days, there is no question that a delicious popsicle is just the perfect treat to help you beat the heat. It’s tasty, it cools you down and it’s so nostalgic that it make you feel like a kid again. But if you have a dog, you can’t help but wonder, “can I give my dog popsicles too?”
Well, the short answer is yes. It is okay to share some popsicles with your best friend, but that doesn’t mean that all frozen treats are healthy for your pup. For all we know, they could be allergic to an ingredient, or the flavoring and artificial coloring used in the popsicle. As such, whenever you are giving them something new to eat, you should give it to them slowly. This will allow you to determine whether or not they have an allergic reaction or intolerance when digesting them.
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Make your own dog popsicles at home!
Our Chief Dogsized Influencer, Tiger loves his homemade ‘pupsicles’ and they’re very easy to make. We’ve linked everything you need to make them for your pooch.
Why Would Popsicles Be Harmful To Dogs?
There are a number of possible side effects that may happen if you feed your dog popsicles. Most popsicles have dairy and since most dogs are naturally lactose intolerant, feeding them popsicles can cause indigestion, diarrhea or vomiting to your poor pup.
Some popsicles may also contain artificial sweeteners like Xylitol, and other ingredients like chocolate and raisins, which are all toxic to dogs even in small doses. Artificial ingredients and sugars that aren’t harmful to dogs may also pose concerns because they could contribute to some other health problems, such as obesity or diabetes.
We’re not saying that giving your pooch some popsicles every now and then is bad fur-parenting! We’re guilty of giving Tiger some dog popsicles too, especially when he was teething! Besides, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a tasty treat, every once in a while! In fact, when given properly, there are benefits to feeding your dog popsicles too.
This leads us to our next point—
Benefits of Feeding Your Dog Popsicles
It is a good way to beat the summer heat. Give your pooch some frozen chew toys to keep their body temperature cool.
It is an excellent way to raise their mood. Frozen treats keep your dogs in good spirits and reduce any lingering anxiety, boredom and stress.
They also make for a good rewarding treat whenever they do something commendable. This includes learning how to do a trick or learning how to pass their potty in the right place.
Make your own frozen treats by freezing peanut butter, beef broth or mashed fruits. Place them in a silicone treat mold for a bite-sized frozen snack!