Five Summer Treats to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 4:00pm

Grab a spoon—it’s National Ice Cream Month! It’s really no surprise that many of us love to spoil our pets with bits of our tasty summer treats, but pet parents please beware: Ice cream is just one of many summer goodies that could double as serious health hazards to our pets!

Ice cream
Just say no to the cone. One lick or two (no chocolate, please!) is fine, but because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase—the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk—milk and other milk-based products can cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.

Chicken Bones
Feeding your pet raw bones may seem like a natural option, but chicken bones splinter easily and can cause choking or may become lodged in your pet’s digestive tract.

Potato Chips
Who doesn’t like to crunch? While one or two plain chips may not pose a threat, large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination or even sodium ion poisoning in pets. Signs that your pet may have eaten too many chips include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death. In other words, keep those salty snacks to yourself!

A little sweet, a little tart—and a lot hazardous! Citrus plants contain citric acid, limonin and oils that can cause irritation, and possibly even central nervous system depression, if ingested in significant amounts. Clinical signs of central nervous system depression include vomiting, diarrhea, depression and potential photosensitivity.

Piña Colada
We know they’re tasty, but any beveragecontaining alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death in our animals. So please, keep you summer cocktails out of your pet’s reach.

Interested in more food hazards? Please visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.




will try! thanks!



RAW chicken bones do not splinter. Only cooked ones do.


get your facts straight ASPCA. COOKED chicken bones splinter


Just to make this clear....You too think its okay to give dogs cooked chicken bones, correct? I have given every dog I have ever owned cooked chicken bones as well and have never had a problem.

mary chapman

Finally someone who knows the truth about chicken bones. Never feed them, bones cooked in any way. But raw ones, unless they are from a deer, don't splinter. Before kibble type dog food was introduced, that was part of a dogs normal diet. And your dog won't turn visious and wild because of it either.

Mark Flickinger

Mandi - Sorry, but I adamantly disagree! Raw chicken bones splinter. Hit one with a hammer some time and see what happens, they'll be plenty of splinters to observe. Then hit a cooked one!


For the folks that have posted that they give their doggies Frosty Paws, here is the recipe I use to make homemade ones. One batch makes 9-10 Frosty Paws. Most of the items you probably have on hand already. Here it is - One 32 oz. nonfat vanilla yogurt, 1-2 very ripe (brown sugar spots) small bananas, 2 Tbsp. honey & 2 Tbsp. peanut butter. Put all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Divide evenly among 4 oz. containers (I use individual applesauce containers). Freeze overnight. My Sophie wants one every night and she knows when it is 7:00 PM. She will go and stand by the refrigerator and wag her tail. Enjoy!


Wow! What a great recipe. Thank you for sharing. My puppies love Frosty Paws but homemade ones are so much better.


my dog camps out by my feet if he as so much as gets a sniff of vanilla ice cream. i basically just let him lick the melted ice cream off the spoon for a couple of times - the last time i allowed him to have more, he had terrible smelly diarrhea for days. This mommy learned her lesson!


Please do not feed you dog frosty paws it is junk. Look at the ingredients. Just because it is marketed for dogs does not mean its good for them.