July 17 is National Ice Cream Day!

Ice cream is a perfect treat anytime, but especially for these super hot Houston summer days! While we don't actually need a special day to celebrate the wonderful invention of ice cream, it's still nice to have an excuse.

If you're a dog owner, then you probably already have a suspicion that your dog loves ice cream too! But you need to be careful...human ice cream has way too much sugar - and sometimes sugar substitutes like xylitol - which can be harmful and toxic to dogs. Plus, some dogs are lactose intolerant! Even ice cream cones aren't a good treat for dogs because of the sugar content. So what all this means is that it's better (and more fun) to make your own ice cream!

Winston's Peanut Butter Delight

  •  1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (check the label to make sure there’s no xylitol)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  •  1 large container of yogurt


Mix everything together until smoothie consistency. Pour into molds or an ice cube tray and freeze!

Dog Friendly Ice Cream Recipe

Harriet's Pumpkin Pops

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup non-fat unsweetened yogurt (substitute coconut milk or coconut yogurt for dogs who can’t digest milk)
  • dash of cinnamon
  • splash of maple syrup


Spoon pumpkin puree into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid, In a bowl or a food processor, mix together frozen pumpkin, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Add about half the yogurt, and pulse until combined. Keep adding yogurt and water until you get a consistency you like then serve!

Dog eating ice cream

Toby's Awesome Frozen Avocado Treats

  • 3 avocados
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Pour into a freezer-safe container. or ice cube tray and freeze until solid.

Dachshund eating ice cream