What should have been a very happy, royal third birthday for Duchess Kate and Prince William’s oldest child, Prince George, instead became a social media shaming of the royal couple for animal cruelty. This all began because of a photo of the young prince attempting to feed pet dog Lupo his ice cream bar. Suddenly, the internet lit up with judgment over the royal family for allowing Lupo to eat ice cream.
On Twitter, one tweet stated, “He’s a monarchist MONSTER.”
Did the royals really deserve this sort of social media shaming about feeding ice cream to a dog? Using this as an opportunity to educate the masses, the RSPCA spoke to the Daily Mail and used this public outcry as an opportunity to educate the masses on what to feed fido everywhere.
“We would advise people to be cautious when giving their dogs food meant for human consumption, as some items, like chocolate, can be highly toxic to dogs and dairy items can be difficult for them to digest. Instead of ice cream we would suggest making an ice lolly from pet-friendly ingredients. Making these can be really fun for children and the end product is both safe and enjoyable for dogs.”
Most dogs are lactose intolerant, with ice cream potentially causing diarrhea in dogs, but it is the sugar in ice cream that is very bad for dogs. While many criticized Prince George for giving a white chocolate ice cream bar, it would actually take 200 pounds of white chocolate all consumed in less than a day to hurt a dog of Lupo’s size. While feeding the pet this chocolate bar is not going to kill it, as some posts suggested, this is not the most ideal offering.
So what could have the young prince fed his royal pet? The Dogington Post posted a few pet-friendly recipes for warm days. One easy-to-make example is a sugar-free, pet-friendly strawberry-yogurt “ice cream” that any child — with or without royal connections — could easy make and share with their cherished pet.
“Strawberry Ice Cream
· 1 small tub of fresh strawberries
· 3 or 4 cups of low/non-fat, plain yogurt
1. Mash the strawberries using a potato masher.
2. Mix strawberry mash with yogurt and then freeze overnight.”
Since the public outcry over the ice cream, many experts have stated that feeding any dairy is not ok. Yet, there is are many veterinarians who encourage probiotic yogurt for dogs.
Before whipping up this frosty treat, pet owners should make sure that their pet is not lactose intolerant. They should also make sure that the yogurt used that does not have artificial sweeteners inside. A plain yogurt that does not include the dangerous artificial sweetener Xylitol should be used. Xylitol can cause a seizure because it can rapidly drop your pet’s blood sugar and could potentially be fatal to your cherished pet.
A royal photographer was at the event to commemorate the third birthday of the young prince, so odds are he encouraged George to try to feed the ice cream to his adorable pet for a memorable photo, instead of William and Kate allowing their child to act cruelly to their adorable family pet. While neither William nor Kate commented on this controversy, it is clear that they did not deserve the public shaming they received.
Incidentally, while William and Kate have been publicly shamed for not stopping George from feeding Lupo the white chocolate ice cream bar, Dairy Queen offers a “Pup Cup” consisting of a small serving of their yummy soft serve and a doggie treat on top — all served in a cup! There does not appear to be any sort of public outcry that this favorite American ice cream chain serves dogs ice cream every single day. In addition, Starbucks will sell dog owners a cup with whipped cream. Where is the public outcry here? Why are the royals shamed and not these huge corporations?
Despite the unnecessary royal shaming, the festivities looked absolutely splendid, with the birthday boy looking absolutely adorable. Celebrating the young prince’s third birthday included his parents, Kate Middleton and Prince William, baby sister Princess Charlotte, nanny Maria Teresa Turin Borrallo, great-grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, grandmother Carole Middleton, and other family and friends. There was no indication that any of these guests tried to feed Lupo any of their ice cream.
Do you think that the social media accusations of “animal cruelty” against William and Kate were warranted? Do you feed your dog ice cream, or do you make a special treat for your pup?
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