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23/07/2016, 13:00

'He's a monarchist MONSTER'

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are celebrating his third birthday with a string of touching family photographs.

But the royals have come under fire from some critics after allowing Prince George to feed ice cream to their family dog, Lupo, despite the fact dogs are highly allergic to dairy products.

In a collection of images released today to mark his birthday, Prince George can be seen crouching on one knee with a cheeky smile on his face as he offers the spaniel a white chocolate ice cream.

While the photo is one likely to appear in many family albums across the country, the royals have faced criticism from some animal cruelty campaigners who ridiculed them for giving Lupo treats.

Experts warn that dogs are allergic to both dairy and chocolate and feeding them milk-based products such as ice cream could cause them digestive issues.

In another of the four newly released images, a barefoot Prince George is seen feeding the family's dog, Lupo, a white chocolate ice cream in the garden on a summer's day. The royals have come under fire from some animal cruelty campaigners who ridiculed them for allowing the youngster to feed Lupo milk-based treats

It is believed the youngster tried to feed his pet dog Lupo a flavoured ice cream with white chocolate coating

One Twitter user took extreme offence to the photographs and branded the prince a 'monarchist monster'

On Twitter, one person took extreme offence to the photographs and branded the prince a 'monarchist monster'.

They added: 'Never give a dog ice cream. At worst: it'll die, At best: the dog will diarrhoea everywhere!'

Another even remarked, rather dramatically, that the youngster should 'go to prison' for giving the animal what appeared to be flavoured ice cream with a white chocolate coating.

According to experts, animals should not be fed dairy or milk-based products such as ice cream as it can cause them diarrhoea and other digestive issues.

Adult dogs are deficient in lactose necessary for digestion of milk, one animal charity warned.

Chocolate is also harmful to pets as it contains theobromine which is toxic to animals. The chemical is found in all flavours of chocolate, including white. Consumption of chocolate can result in abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death in dogs. Less severe symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea and excessive dehydration. A spokesman for the RSPCA told MailOnline:  'It is lovely that Prince George is trying to help keep his family dog, Lupo, cool in these high temperatures.

'[But] 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.'

One Twitter user, rather dramatically, that the youngster should 'go to prison' for giving the animal what appeared to be flavoured ice cream with a white chocolate coating while another highlighted the dangers

Dairy - Dogs are lactose intolerant which means they are allergic to milk and milk-based products such as ice cream, cheese and chocolate. It can cause them vomiting, diarrhoea and itchiness.

Chocolate - Dogs can suffer digestive issues, tremors and seizures if they consume chocolate as it contains theobromine, which they are allergic to. Most will experience vomiting and diarrhoea but consumption of chocolate can result in death for dogs.

Alcohol - Alcohol has the same effect on a dog's liver and brain that it has on humans. But it takes far less to do its damage so they could end up in a coma or even die after consuming a little amount. They are also likely to suffer vomiting, diarrhoea, central nervous system depression, coordination problems and breathing difficulties.

Avocado - Avocados contain persin which is toxic for dogs in large quantities.

Onions and garlic - These foods in all forms - including powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated - can destroy a dog's red blood cells and cause anaemia.

Caffeine - Tea, coffee and other caffeine-related products can be fatal to dogs because they poison their systems. Caffeine can also cause them restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits.

Grapes and raisins - These can cause kidney failure in dogs. Nuts should also be avoided.

Sweets - Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol which causes more insulin to circulate through a dog's body. That can cause blood sugar to drop and result in liver failure.

Fat trimmings - Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause pancreatitis.

Peaches, and Plums - The problem is the seeds or pits which can cause inflammation of the small intestine in dogs.

Raw eggs - This can give a dog food poisoning from bacteria like Salmonella or E. coli. Raw eggs also contain an enzyme that interferes with the absorption of a particular B vitamin.

Salt - Eating too much salt can cause excessive thirst and urination and lead to sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms of too much salt in dogs include vomiting, diarrhoea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, and seizures. It may even cause death.

Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director of the Dogs Trust charity, added: 'We would always advocate seeking methods to keep your dog cool, but possibly not in the form of an ice cream, unless it is a dog friendly version.

'The cow's milk and sugar content in ice cream can sometimes lead to digestive issues. Whenever you do treat your dog, do consider the ingredients and always seeks the advice of your vet.'

The image of Prince George appearing to feed Lupo ice cream emerged in a touching collection released to mark his birthday.

The little prince, third in line to the throne, can be seen in two shots playing on a swing in casual shorts and a T-shirt at his parents' country home, Anmer Hall, that is inscribed with their names. It is believed to have been a wedding gift to the couple.

Another shows George running through the gardens, this time wearing a £29.40 jumper by Pepa & Co - a brand Kate turns to time and time again - and his favourite Trotters shoes. 

In recent years the royal household has often issued pictures taken of the Royal children by their keen amateur photographer mother, the Duchess of Cambridge. This time, however, they were taken by a professional photographer, Matt Porteous.

Dressed in a striped jumper and his favourite Trotters shoes, Prince George looks cherubic as he poses in newly released photographs released by the Palace to celebrate his third birthday. Here, he is seen roaming through the family's Amner Hall garden in Norfolk

In a statement, William and Kate said: 'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share four new photographs of Prince George to mark his third birthday.

'They were taken by photographer Matt Porteous at their home in Norfolk in mid-July.

Kensington Palace adds: 'The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs. They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday.'

The little prince, third in line to the throne, can be seen in two shots playing on a swing in casual shorts

Photographer Matt Porteous said: 'I really enjoyed the opportunity to take these photographs of Prince George. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. I'm honoured that they have decided to share these images with the public to mark his third birthday.'

The three-year-old today enjoyed a birthday party with all the trimmings at the family's Norfolk mansion, Anmer Hall. He was joined by his grandparents, Michael and Carole Middleton, as well as friends from his nearby Montessori School, Westacre.

Fortunately for the mischievous toddler, who is third in line to the throne, granny and grandpa run one of the country's most successful online party goods companies – which helpfully sells a range of 3rd birthday-themed balloons, banners, sparklers and even piñatas – so the day is bound to go with a swing.

Born at the private Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on July 22 2013, George was, apparently, quite a handful as a baby and caused the Duke and Duchess endless sleepless nights.

An equally energetic toddler, it seems as if becoming an elder brother to sister Princess Charlotte, one, has calmed the little prince down somewhat.

Recently Kate described her son as being a 'really lovely little boy' and admitted that her daughter may look cute but was developing 'quite a feisty side'. She even said she hoped that George 'would keep Charlotte in order!'

And on a series of recent public engagements, including an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony after Trooping the Colour and a visit to a country air show, the little future king has conducted himself with aplomb.

George's first birthday was marked with a party at their 20-room apartment in Kensington Palace with his great-grandmother, the Queen, as guest of honour, and a tuneful rendition of 'Happy Birthday' by the band of the Irish Guards.

But since then then William and Kate have made Anmer their main base and have celebrated all their major family events there.

The ten bedroom Georgian mansion, which was a gift from the Queen and underwent a multi-million refit before they moved in, has its own swimming pool and tennis court and is in set in acres of glorious parkland.

As part of the Queen's Sandringham Estate, it provides the Cambridges's with the privacy and seclusion they crave for their family.

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