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Summer-Time Treats for Dogs

Summertime Treats for Dogs

What is summertime without ice cream? The cool, creamy treat goes hand in hand with hot, sunny days. It is tempting to reward your animal with a lick from your cone, but should you share your ice cream? What about that refreshing slice of watermelon at the family picnic? Or a handful of fresh-picked blueberries? Read on to know what summertime treats are safe to share with your canine companion and which ones you should keep for yourself.

Ice Cream: According to the American Kennel Club, ice cream is not the best choice to treat your dog, but it is probably fine as a special indulgence every now and then, as long as your dog is healthy and does not have diabetes, allergies, lactose intolerance, or is overweight. Since dog sare not able to digest dairy after weaning, ice cream may lead to mild digestive upset. Additionally, ice cream is loaded with sugar, which can lead to a numberof health problems if given in excess. Be careful with the no-sugar-added varieties of ice cream, too, as many contain xylitol which is toxic to dogs. And if you are going to give your dog ice cream, avoid flavors that can make your dog sick, like chocolate, which is also toxic to dogs.

Watermelon: The American Kennel Club says yes to watermelon, as long is it is the seedless variety and you avoid letting your dog get the rind. Seeds can cause a blockage and the rind can lead to digestive upset. Otherwise, indulge away with watermelon, as it is a healthful,low-calorie, thirst-quenching treat.

Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, and black berries are all safe for your dog, according to Naturipe Farms. Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, these berries make a tasty and healthful treat for your pup. Try freezing them for a sweet and crunchy snack.

Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raising are absolutely-off-LIMITS for dogs. While healthy and delicious for humans, even little bits can be deadly for dogs so stay away.

When choosing a sweet treat for your best friend, remember,berries to their hearts’ content, watermelon without seeds or rinds, vanilla ice cream for a birthday or special occasion, and never, ever, raisins or grapes.


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