As much as our faithful friends would love an ice cream every day in summer, did you know dogs develop lactose intolerance from the age of 4 weeks old, as part of the weaning process?

Most dogs are unable to process lactose so dairy that has high quantities may give them an upset tummy. Not to mention it is loaded with sugar so not too good for the waistline either.

Dairy that is low in lactose includes hard cheese & probiotic yoghurt. Cheddar is a top favourite at training classes as dogs just love it. (Blue cheese is not recommended, since the mould is toxic for dogs).

And still fancy giving your dog that ice cream?  Do not despair, there are lots of healthy alternatives available for your doggy friend.

Not in the Dog House have some great ice cream. Why not try yummy Billy & Margot Iced Treats & Frozzys Frozen Yogurts that can be eaten straight from the tub! The dog ‘ice creams’ come in 3 delicious flavours & are perfect for cooling your dog down on a hot day. Or if your dog is more of a pawsecco drinker? Treat them to a tasty Pawsecco Pop instead!

Better still for your dog and your pocket why not try this recipe.

Homemade fruity ice pops:

  • Chop up some fruit (such as bananas, strawberries, watermelon, peaches, mango, pineapple)
  • Pop them into an ice cube mould and top with water.
  • Freeze for 2-3 hours. Then store in a freezer bag.

Serving suggestion: 2-4 treats per dog.