Make A Healthy and Easy Ice Cream For Your Dog

There are many benefits of making your own healthy dog ice cream, rather than buying it from the store.

When summer hits, trips to the ice cream shop become more frequent and dogs are usually welcome! Ice cream can be a delicious, fun treat for humans, but is very unhealthy for dogs. Typical ice cream is packed with sugar, heavy cream, and often chocolate and other ingredients that are unsafe for dogs. So, we are going to teach you how to make healthy ice cream for your dog for the next time they need to cool down on a hot day!

Instead of using heavy cream or milk, the base of the ice cream can be coconut milk, yogurt, or just plain old water. This is easy for you to make at home without an ice cream maker and it is also a fun and safe activity for children to make for their dogs too!

black and white dog licking a dog ice cream on the wood floor

While most ice cream has chocolate, nuts, or candy in it, you can use fruit, vegetables, or peanut butter instead to flavor dog ice cream. Frozen fruits work well because you can store them for a longer time in the freezer. On a hot day, just grab a bag of fruit and blend it with one of the bases (coconut milk, water, yogurt). After your ice cream recipe is blended, you can get fancy and add toppings too! Lastly, place it into the freezer until you are ready to serve it to your pup. 

Flavoring Your Dog Ice Cream

black and white dog sniffing a dog ice cream on the floor with a dog biscuit sticking out of the top

Below are a few different ways you could flavor your ice cream. Pick one from each column to make a recipe!

BaseFlavorMix-ins
Coconut MilkPeanut ButterBanana 
Yogurt PumpkinCantaloupe 
WaterRaspberryCarrots
Chicken BrothStrawberryPeas

Our favorite recipe for dog ice cream is:

  • A large banana
  • 1 container of plain greek yogurt (32 oz)
  • 1 large tablespoon of natural peanut butter

Mix all ingredients together in a blender and scoop out into gel moulds or paper cups. Place a milk bone or longer treat in the mixture to use as a “handle” after it freezes. Freeze for 2 hours or more.

three dog ice creams on a plate in front of a dog bowl with a hand towel next to the plate

Try to feed one serving each time, to make sure you do not cause digestive issues. Smaller dogs should get a little scoop and larger dogs can handle up to a few scoops! You can have these premade, ready-to-go in containers to bring along when you head to get ice cream for yourself, or use them as enrichment when you leave. Either way, your dog is going to love having ice cream as a treat! 

Video of the dog ice cream being made and then the dog eating the homemade ice cream
black and white dog staring right at the camera with a big piece of dog ice cream in his mouth

Find more DIY dog treats and recipes here.

Author

Caitlin is originally from Vermont and has been working with animals since she can remember. She studied Behavioral Neuroscience and is now Mastering in Animal Shelter Management in Colorado. Her hobbies include horseback riding, fostering animals, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. She has volunteered at five different animal shelters and worked in three different vet hospitals. Her passions include animal health, behavior, and enrichment. Caitlin also spends time taking high-quality photos of shelter animals to help them get adopted faster.

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