While small amounts of vanilla ice cream may not necessarily be toxic to dogs, it’s generally not recommended to feed ice cream to your dog, especially if it contains sugar, artificial sweeteners, or other potentially harmful ingredients.
Dogs have different nutritional requirements than humans, and their digestive systems may not be able to process certain foods and ingredients. Ice cream is a treat that is high in sugar, fat, and calories, which can lead to weight gain, digestive issues, and other health problems for dogs.
Additionally, many commercial ice creams contain xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to dogs and can cause a rapid insulin release, leading to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure, and even death.
Therefore, it’s generally best to avoid feeding ice cream or other sweets to your dog, and instead provide them with dog-safe treats and foods that are specifically formulated for their nutritional needs.