Tips when making dog-friendly frosting

1. Limited Ingredients

When making frosting for your dog’s treats try not to overdo it with the ingredients. A good rule of thumb is to include more than four ingredients.

Dog-safe frosting does not need a lot of ingredients to be tasty to dogs and many recipes call for only two to three ingredients and believe it or not you can get away with one!

Limiting the number of ingredients in your formulation will help ensure the frosting isn’t too much for your dog’s delicate GI system and can avoid things like diarrhea or other GI issues.

2. Use Sparingly

A lot goes a long way when it comes to feeding your dog frosting. Use small amounts per treat to help protect their stomachs and to avoid unwanted messes that you may have to clean up later.

3. Use Known Ingredients

Use ingredients that your dog is already used to eating like peanut butter or yogurt if these are items you already give as a treat every once and a while.

By only using ingredients that your dog’s stomach is already used to you can save yourself and your dog a lot of pain.

What to avoid in dog frosting

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1. Sugar

Dogs do not need sugar added to their diets and it serves no beneficial function when giving it to them and too much can cause excess weight gain. It is best to avoid it completely.

2. Xylitol

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that humans can handle with no problem but can wreak havoc on dogs.

Xylitol can cause severe hypoglycemia in dogs and can even lead to death so it is best to avoid it as well.

3. Food Coloring

Unless the food coloring is safe for dogs, some key things to remember when choosing a food coloring for your dog-friendly frosting are:

  • Choose a company that makes natural food coloring like those from other food ingredients like beetroot or strawberries
  • Choose a food coloring that limits the amount of preservatives and synthetic ingredients

To read more about choosing a dog-safe food coloring read our article here

4. Vanilla

Many recipes call for vanilla and that is fine as long as it is dog-safe meaning there is no alcohol

Good ingredients for dog frosting

There are some ingredients that you probably already have on hand that would make a great frosting for dogs

1. Peanut butter

Peanut butter is safe for dogs, there are just a couple of things to keep in mind

  • Make sure it is made completely of peanut butter (nothing else)
  • Ensure there are no xylitol or other artificial sweeteners included in the formulation

To read more about choosing a safe peanut butter for dogs read this article from The Pets Digest

2. Yogurt

As with peanut butter, you should ensure that any yogurt you choose is dog-safe meaning it is:

  • Plain yogurt no fruit or fruit compote added
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No sugar added
  • Preferably low-fat Greek yogurt

3. Starch and water

In most cases, this will be potato or corn starch. Keep in mind that these tend to harden greatly over time and most likely your frosting will begin to crack once completely dry.

The top over-the-counter dog frosting

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Of course, the easiest route is to either use one simple ingredient or purchase an over-the-counter icing for dogs