What To Do If Your Dog Ate Ice Cream?

If my dog ate ice cream, will he be okay? 

This is a question that many pet owners ask themselves when their furry friend decides to eat the delicious frozen treat. 

While it might not seem like such a big deal at first, eating ice cream can lead to some serious health problems for your pup. 

In this blog post, we will discuss how you should handle the situation if your canine companion has been very naughty and has eaten an entire carton of Rocky Road!

Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream?

dog enjoying sunny weather and ice cream

No, they cannot.

Dogs can’t have ice cream and other dairy products because their systems don’t process milk well. 

The major reason for this is that milk contains a sugar called lactose that many dogs aren’t equipped to digest well, and the inability to break down lactose properly causes stomach upset including vomiting and diarrhea. 

Dairy products also form gas as it passes through the dog’s intestines, leading to more discomfort.

The bottom line is that while human adults are also not encouraged to eat large quantities of ice cream or other high-fat foods like a lot of cheese made from whole milk, there are some built-in protections in place for adults who eat these things. 

With dogs, however, all fats end up as fat tissue and lead to obesity, diabetes, or worse.

Can my dog get sick if he eats ice cream?

dog eating from a cup of ice cream offered by owner


Your dog can get sick from ice cream if the sweetener in it can’t be broken down well in his stomach, and it’s a large enough dose for him that he’ll have trouble digesting before he throws up. 

Most dogs are okay with lactose, but some aren’t because they lack the enzymes needed to digest it. 

If you’re going to offer your pup dessert, try cottage cheese instead! The same goes for any other cooked food dish without highly processed sugars- try giving raw meaty bones instead of cooked ones from time to time too. Dogs need roughage like us humans do and will really enjoy getting a job helping chew their dinner!

If My Dog Ate Ice Cream, Will He Be Able To Digest It Properly?

No, but it’s not going to hurt him.

Yes, dogs do have the necessary digestive enzymes. 

But dairy, just because it contains a lot of lactose (lactase is absent in milk production), will cause symptoms like diarrhea for many people with lactose intolerance/milk allergy – and that includes most canines as well. 

So your dog should be fine after eating some ice cream from your hand if he has no underlying health issues.

The good news is that by eating natural foods, the taste buds can slowly be awakened to a whole array of real flavors, and everything begins to taste much sweeter naturally without all the added sugar. 

Also, there are a couple of studies on dairy-containing products for dogs that show that, while they can’t produce the enzyme lactase and are more likely to run into digestive problems with dairy products, it doesn’t hurt them. 

So if my pup eats ice cream he’ll be okay as long as I don’t give him too much?


Is Ice Cream Toxic To Dogs?

cute dog with ice cream

No, but do not give them too much because it could make dogs very sick if consumed.

Ice cream contains milk and sugar which are toxic to mammals like dogs, cats, and humans alike. 

They can cause diarrhea, vomiting, or in the case of an overdose coma, or death. 

Other ingredients in ice cream such as those containing peanut butter may also be potential allergens for a dog’s immune system that may result in anaphylaxis without notice given by previous exposure or sensitization. 

To the surprise of many people, their pet dog has been seen at the vet emergency room with dairy allergy symptoms! 

In addition to ice cream, milk products (cheese) should also be avoided by animals whether they are on a diet or have allergies!

What Happens If Dog Eats Ice Cream?

It depends on the quantity consumed.

A small ice cream cone won’t hurt, but quantities exceeding a single serving size (generally around two tablespoons) can cause severe digestive problems like diarrhea, intestinal spasms, and bloating. 

Large amounts of sugar will encourage bacteria in the colon to produce more gas which then expands as it enters into your dog’s intestines and stomach, causing cramps and discomfort. 

Your pet might also experience some nausea due to an increase in blood glucose levels or because of lactose intolerance. 

Chocolate ice cream provides additional risk because dogs are not able to digest these as easily as humans for example.

In short, it’s best to just share a cone with your pup!

Can Vanilla Ice Cream Kill A Dog?


The vanilla flavor of ice cream doesn’t pose a toxicity risk to dogs according to the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Animal Poison Control Center’s annual survey of fatal animal poisoning cases.

How To Safely Feed Ice Cream To Your Dogs

owner offering ice cream cone to a dog

Dog’s stomachs are much more sensitive than many people think. It is not recommended to feed ice cream! 

Some dogs may race around after eating it, due to the sudden mood-lift, but other dogs will vomit or have diarrhea. 

If you insist on going against our advice, do so only in small amounts with a lot of dog food mixed in and only for as long as your dog appears happy and healthy.

DO NOT PUT ICE CREAM IN THEIR FOOD BOWL. While many people may think that this would be a great way to keep your dogs from eating the ice cream too quickly, it is not recommended. Doing so can put your dog at risk of stomachaches and toxic poisoning. 

Instead, try feeding your pup small bits of the ice cream by hand in order to get them accustomed to its flavor! It will also allow you to control the amount you give them so they don’t eat too much at once.

If you’re going out for a dessert with some friends and want to share with your dogs, put their favorite treats like Liver Pâté or Soft Peanut Butter on top of their bowls or on the side of their water dish with a spoon.

In my opinion, the best thing to do is save ice cream for humans. Dogs need a healthy diet of real food (as our ancestors did) and nothing else – not even ice cream or other treats! This will help them thrive naturally without having any adverse health effects on their metabolism as time goes by.

Safe Ice Cream Alternatives For Your Dog

1. Treats like liver pâté and peanut butter that contain proteins are great for your dog. They provide a healthy alternative to ice cream while also building muscle and reducing weight!

2. For my dog, I give him frozen vegetables every day as well because they’re full of vitamin A (and C) which is super important for my pup.

3.  Many dogs enjoy peanut butter and banana sandwiches or yogurt mixed with some chicken broth for a healthy snack!

4. I give my dog plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated, but make sure they’re not drinking from any puddles that might be contaminated by pesticides or other toxins. It’s best to use filtered tap water in my opinion.

5. My dog also gets plenty of exercises every day – even if it’s just running around my small apartment! I recommend taking them for a walk or playing fetch with you to give their muscles some much-needed attention.

6. If your pup has food allergies, try giving him foods that are lower in protein and fat because these are the most common allergens, according to my vet!

7. If your dog isn’t a fan of meat or fish oils, try giving him omega fatty acids through eggs. My pup loves scrambled eggs for breakfast and I feed them to him occasionally as well – just make sure that they’re fed plenty of vegetables too because these also provide healthy fatty acids.

8. If my dog is craving some cold food, I’ll give him a frozen banana or apple and let it thaw out – then he enjoys that as well!


When my pup was younger, he loved his favorite treats – but as time went on, their health benefits became more important than the taste. Make sure your pet gets plenty of healthy food and no treats at all (unless they are healthy alternatives) and consult with your vet if you have any questions!

If I’m going out for a sweet treat myself, I’ll always make sure to bring my pup along. It’s hard when my best friend is back home and can’t enjoy my ice cream, but they always enjoy my company.

If you’re going to give your pup a taste of the sweet stuff, just make sure it’s in moderation and that their diet is healthy (with lots of vegetables!). I learned this the hard way when my little guy got really sick after my last ice cream date with my friends.

Do you have any tips for pups to stay healthy? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll add them to my guide!

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