Let’s know about Can Dogs Eat Popsicles. We all have heard the common phrase on hot summer days, and sometimes, to beat the heat, popsicles are a great option to keep cool. But is it okay to share with your canine friends?
can my dogs eat popsicles
The short answer is yes, but not all popsicles and frozen treats are okay for your dogs. When feeding any food to your dog, it is important to be aware of all the ingredients and your dog’s intolerances and allergies. As is the case with any new food, it is always wise to introduce it to your dog slowly, so that you can easily determine if your dog has an unpleasant reaction or has trouble digesting the food.
Rather than sharing your popsicles with your canine friend, it is recommended to make nutritious and healthy popsicles for your dog to use that are good for them, such as apples or bananas. As with everything, moderation is the key. Too many treats, on top of a healthy diet, can lead to canine obesity and this can wreak havoc on your dog’s body, especially if your dog suffers from joint issues such as hip dysplasia.
Potential Popsicle Health Concerns
Many manufactured popsicles include frozen dairy items such as ice cream or frozen yogurt. Although, in some cases, these can be taken in small portions, they can also cause gastrointestinal discomfort including gas, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal discomfort and vomiting. Many dogs are lactose intolerant, meaning they have difficulty digesting milk and other dairy products. Popsicles designed for humans may also contain toxins such as the artificial sweetener xylitol, macadamia nuts and raisins.
Xylitol and raisins are toxic to dogs, so should always be avoided, even in small amounts. Additionally, some popsicles contain chocolate and the theobromine in them can cause toxicity in dogs. If the chocolate in the popsicle or ice cream is dark with a high cocoa content, only a small amount is needed to cause a problem. Dogs can experience gastrointestinal, central nervous and cardiac problems. Even if the sugar, artificial flavors, or sweeteners that are common in popsicles are not toxic, they can contribute to obesity and can be a particular problem for dogs with diabetes.
Benefits of Dog-Friendly Popsicles for Your Dog
Healthy frozen treats can be helpful for keeping your dog cool on hot days, as a special treat for rewarding and enrichment of your dog. Providing your dog with enrichment is an important part of his care. It helps prevent boredom and obesity, reduces anxiety and stress, gives the dog some control over his environment, and can help prevent behavioral problems. Edible puzzles are a great option to provide enrichment to your dogs and with many of them, they can be frozen to increase the challenge and provide a long lasting dog treat.
Healthy Frozen Treat Ideas for Your Dog
Below are some safe and healthy alternatives to healthy frozen treats and homemade popsicles.
Frozen Kongs, Topple Toys or similar
A classic Kong and the West Paw Topple are both great dog toys that, with the proper stuffing, can keep almost any dog occupied. They’re both non-toxic, dishwasher-safe rubber toys with a hollow center. There are many other food puzzle options on the market that you can try as well. Filled with food, they provide a healthy outlet for your dog to chew and lick. Once stuffed, you can assemble them to make it more challenging to provide more cool treats for your dog. You will find a variety of safe and healthy fillings in these toys for your dog to enjoy. Some ideas include:
- mashed bananas
- canned pumpkin (don’t exceed about a teaspoon per serving as diarrhea can also occur)
- canned dog food and kibble
- Peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol)
- peas, carrots, and/or pickled apples
- yogurt (plain)
- brake fast
Mix together desired ingredients, fill with treat toys, seal the top with peanut butter, squished cheese, or Kong paste and then freeze for at least two hours or, ideally, the night before filling. A great bonus of freezing them is that you can have some in the freezer for whenever you need them. An example might be when you are working in your house, you can give your dog a frozen Kong before entering its safe space. This can help reduce stress and keep them engaged.
Frozen Dog-Safe Vegetables and Fruits
Frozen green beans, banana chunks, strawberries, blueberries and peach chunks are just a few examples of safe fruits and vegetables that can be frozen and given to your dog as quick treats. If you’re buying pre-packaged frozen items from the grocery store, be sure to read the label to make sure there’s no added xylitol. They can also be added to a smoothie which can be frozen to make homemade popsicles. There are also many other options for making cool frozen treats for your dogs. Just be sure whatever you offer is healthy and suitable for dogs, fed in moderation and introduced slowly.