Besides the potentially messy results of giving your dog dairy products, there is one other important thing to consider before sharing human foods with a pet.
While dairy itself is nontoxic, certain ice cream flavors contain chocolate, raisins or macadamia nuts which can be harmful to dogs, notes Barrack. Additionally, pet owners should be cautious when it comes to frosty treats, as some frozen yogurts contain artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, which can also be toxic to dogs.
If your dog is a superstar when it comes to digesting dairy, Barrack recommends keeping the sharing to a minimum and sticking to simple flavors. “If your dog tolerates dairy products and you really want to share, stick with vanilla ice cream or very small quantities of cheese,” she says.
Otherwise, you don’t have to feel guilty about keeping the ice cream cone all for yourself.