A viral TikTok video showing two types of dogs eating ice cream has left the internet in stitches this week.
In the video, which can be seen here, a hand passes an ice cream to a pup who gently takes a few bites. Next, the camera pans to offer the sweet treat to a second dog—but wasting no time, he jumps up and takes the whole ice cream. The text overlay reads: “Two types of dog.”
Shared by Ella Murdin, who uses the TikTok handle ellamurdin, the video has received more than 1.5 million views and delighted users of the popular video-sharing app.
“I can relate with the second dog,” joked one comment. While another TikTok user wrote: “At least you managed to keep your fingers.”
“Bro inhaled ice cream,” said one user. Another commenter said: “You didn’t have to ask twice.”
This isn’t the only ice cream pup video to delight this week. On Tuesday a viral video of a dog outsmarted by a frozen vegetable block disgusted as ice cream captured viral attention.
While giving your pup a sweet treat on a warm day is tempting, experts warn against sharing ice cream with your canine friend.
Like many human foods, ice cream is not a healthy snack option for your dog. The American Kennel Club (AKC) cites a few reasons that it isn’t a good idea to share your ice cream with your dog, including lactose intolerance, food allergies, toxic flavors and weight gain over the long term.
“Ice cream is loaded with sugar,” explains the AKC. “Feeding your dog sugary foods can lead to weight gain and obesity, which can lead to other health problems.”
They also warn: “Even if the ice cream container says it is sugarless, you need to be careful to read the label to make sure that no xylitol is used, as this sweetener is extremely toxic to dogs.”
Other ingredients in ice cream can also be problematic. Most adult dogs are lactose intolerant. Dogs’ bodies are not designed to digest milk once they are weaned from their mother’s milk as puppies, as a result, their body produces less lactose. Lactose intolerance in dogs can cause similar symptoms to those of humans including loose stools, vomiting, stomach pain, and gas. Similarly, many ice creams contain chocolate which is extremely toxic to dogs.
But it isn’t all bad news. If you’re looking to treat your pup on a warm day, there are plenty of dog-friendly alternatives to ice cream.
The AKC recommends freezing some fat-free plain yogurt. Fermented and containing less lactose, it’s easier for dogs to digest.
Another great treat is “nice cream,” made by blending two ripe bananas until creamy and freezing them. Packed with healthy potassium, vitamin B6 and fiber this is a healthier option but should still be fed in moderation due to the sugar content in the fruit.
If you’re looking for something even more special, Ben & Jerry’s also provides a specially created recipe in its Doggie Desserts range, made in collaboration with a veterinary nutritionist just for your pup to enjoy.
Newsweek has reached out to Ella Murdin for comment.