Unlike Prince George, who’s catching flack for a photo that shows him feeding ice cream to dog, these treats won’t get you in trouble

By aheigl1271
July 25, 2016 02:15 PM
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It’s hard to be a prince.

Every one of your actions is scrutinized beyond belief, including something as simple and innocuous as playtime with your dog.

Friday, a series of photos released by Kensington Palace of Prince George’s birthday party showed the boy-king feeding his pet spaniel Lupo some ice cream.

England’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals quickly shot in to remind everyone that both dairy and chocolate aren’t good for dogs, and released a statement taking George to task.

“It is lovely that Prince George is trying to help keep his family dog, Lupo, cool in these high temperatures,” the group’s release reads. “We would advise people to be cautious when giving their dogs food meant for human consumption as some items, like chocolate, can be highly toxic to dogs and dairy items can be difficult for them to digest.”

If you can’t bear the thought of ingesting ice cream without sharing it with your canine companion, there’s always Frosty Paws, Purina’s non-dairy frozen treat “fortified with protein, vitamins and minerals that dogs need with no added sugar, artificial flavors or colors. 

Or you can try the following DIY doggie-ice cream recipes:

Banana and Peanut Butter:
Take two ripe bananas, 16 ounces plain yogurt (you can substitute low-fat if you feel the need to further control your dog’s diet) and a half-cup peanut butter. Blend all that until consistent, freeze overnight in whatever shape you think your dog will find pleasing (ice-cube trays are convenient, but shaped cupcake trays may be more adorable) and serve.

Uh, that’s basically it. Almost every dog-ice-cream recipe out there calls for some mixture of yogurt and peanut butter, plus whatever fruit you’d like to add, like strawberries and in some cases, honey. You can add Rice Krispies, carob, bacon bits or toasted sesame seeds to the mix if you feel like enhancing the overall mouth-feel of the dog’s experience. 

Blueberries, organic rolled oats, flax seed and pumpkin are all floated as ingredients as well. 


There’s also always the simple pleasure of just giving your dog an ice cube to mess around with. That’s not only safe, it also literally never gets old!