Children warned not to feed dogs chocolate like Prince George did
LONDON — A cute picture of a barefoot Prince George feeding his pet spaniel Lupo an ice cream warmed his fans' hearts on the little royal's third birthday.
But not everyone was happy.
Animal welfare organizations have expressed concerns about a treat that may contain both dairy items, which are tough on dogs digestive tracts, and chocolate, which is highly toxic for our canine friends.
The RSPCA, the animal welfare charity, warned other children not to follow Prince George's example:
"It is lovely that Prince George is trying to help keep his family dog, Lupo, cool in these high temperatures," the organization's statement said.
"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."
Photos of Prince George that were released on his birthday:
People on Twitter had immoderate reactions: