Can I Give My Dog Ice Cubes?

Can I give my dog ice cubes?There’s a scary rumor going around about giving ice cubes to canines. Can it really be dangerous to provide some to a dog or a puppy? A few ice cubes can certainly hydrate but safety is a top concern.

The summer heat is no joke so you want a suitable cool down solution for your dog. It’s sensible to give your best buddy some sort of iced treat when it’s hot outside. You’re on the right track with ice cubes but what’s the drawback, if any?

Let’s address all the concerns about giving ice cubes to dogs. Also, what are the best ways to serve them and are there any good alternates?

Can I Give My Dog Ice Cubes? Answer: Yes, but make sure they aren’t deep frozen (sticky) & crush them up first

Just take steps to prevent them from sticking to your dog’s tongue! Crushing the cubes also eliminates a potential choking hazard.

The only other cautionary tip would be to avoid giving puppies any. Some claim that dogs can experience adverse reactions to ice cubes such as vomiting and bloating. On the other hand, most experts say it’s fine and they even recommend it. As long as you ensure that your four-legged friend doesn’t choke, ice cubes are fine.

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Every Dog is Different

With so many different breeds and sizes, there’s no real way to know in advance how well your dog will tolerate ice cubes. Start out small by giving your dog just one. See how they like it by closely observing them.

If you think about packs of wild dogs, sometimes all that’s available to drink is icy water from very cold lakes and streams. In the winter, they may even consume snow for hydration. In that sense, it’s easy to understand that most dogs can handle either ice cold water or some ice cubes now and then.

However, a young puppy may not be mature enough, their teeth included, to deal with the intense harness and concentrated coldness of ice.

Some Tooth Concerns

Unfortunately, most dogs won’t just lap at an ice cube. Instead, they’ll try to get it in their mouth and chomp it up like regular chow. This can lead to broken teeth if you give them too many or if they are too hard. That’s why crushed ice is best. In any case, it’s all about moderation. You don’t want them expecting an ice cube each time you open the freezer. Ration their ice cube consumption so that it remains a treat and not something they get all the time.

A few ice cubes here and there can actually help to keep their teeth clean!

Choking Concern & Solution

Be aware that full size ice cubes can sometimes present a temporary choking hazard. This is especially true for smaller breeds and puppies. Most of the time such a mishap is not a big deal because they’ll either cough it back up or it’ll melt before becoming a serious issue. In any case, consider crushing up the ice before giving it to a best buddy so they can’t possibly experience such a scenario.

In the Water Bowl

Putting a few ice cubes in your dog’s water dish is actually a great way to keep their water supply cool during the summer months. This is also true if you live in a hot or dry climate, or after your dog has greatly exerted themselves. In this sense, ice cubes can indirectly cause your dog to drink more water. They’ll be better hydrated as a result!

Conclusion on Ice Cubes

Ice cubes, when given to a pet dog, can be very useful in the summertime. Staying hydrated, especially when it’s hot outside, using some ice cubes is reasonable and healthy. The viral ice cube rumor claiming they’re dangerous for dogs is an exaggeration. Just avoid serving up extremely cold ice cubes because they can stick to your dog’s tongue which can be unpleasant. Besides that, crushed ice is best to remove the potential for choking. Stay cool!

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Mary April, 2016

My 7-month-old Black Mouth Cur loves ice cubes! She will literally stand at the fridge until we grab one out for her. It’s the cheapest treat around.

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Tim March, 2016

I have a 6 year old Pit Bull-Boxer mix. I have been giving him ice cubes all his life and he loves them in his water during the summer. Half the time he won`t touch his water unless there are ice cubes in it.

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Tom December, 2015

My 3 month old Weimaraner loves ice cubes, very cold ones. He will come to the fridge and stand there until he gets one. Sometimes 6-7 cubes in the evening.

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Jean Strong December, 2015

The only thing I would watch out for is too much ice at once. We emptied a cooler in the yard and my Golden Retriever ate so much she began shivering violently. We didn’t connect the two at the time, but she did it again. We live in Alaska so I have to keep an eye on her a good portion of the year. A little bit here and there has had no adverse effects.

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Maria July, 2015

I have a year old Yellow Lab pup and he absolutely loves ice cubes. My fridge has one of those ice and water dispensers. Whenever I make some ice water or get ice for my drink, he runs over and looks at me expectantly. I always give him a few. Sometimes I get a big cup of ice cubes and alternate between him and myself.

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Sandra July, 2015

I have 2 Cocker Spaniels. The 9 year old could care less about ice cubes. But, the 4 year old loves them. We limit him to 2 or 3 at a time. He chews them up and is so excited about it. He’s never choked or broke a tooth.

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Chris June, 2015

My Standard Poodle loves ice cubes but he usually drops them after a bit of licking. If he’s overheated and swallows an ice cube, he will vomit.

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Monica June, 2015

My daughter and son-in-law complain every time I give their German Shepherd an ice cube. She loves them and I don’t give it to her every time. I have to have cold drinks of water so I’m always putting more ice in my drinks. Sometimes one gets away from me and falls to the floor. If I don’t get to it in time, Becca will eat it. I don’t want to argue with them but they are so wrong.

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George April, 2015

I own Belgian and Dutch Shepherds. After a hard work out, I always add ice cubes to their water bowl. They drink more water because they try to grab the ice while drinking. The end result is that it cuts their cool down time in half. Normally it takes them 30-35 minutes to cool down, but when I add ice, they are cooled down enough. After 15 minutes they breathe with a closed mouth. I never gave them ice as a puppy, and they were not introduced to ice until they turned a year old.

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Virginia April, 2015

My Frenchie loves ice cubes. But he’s never given them as a way to cool down. He goes crazy looking for it!

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Loretta February, 2015

We have a 5 month old Shih-poo. He has started running to the frig as soon as he hears the crushed ice. We are careful to give him only pieces that are melting and about the size of a Lima bean. He chews it into tiny pieces. I’ve found that this is his treat of choice and was glad to read that if we keep this ice to a treat, and not a regular thing, it will be okay for him. He understands the word “ice” already. Pretty good for his age!

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Mike November, 2014

My 2 year old Boston Terrier mix loves ice cubes. He comes to the fridge every time he hears the ice dispense. I always have him sit and then give him one or two. Never any ill effects.

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Ashneet August, 2014

I have a 1 year old Shitzu. She’s still tiny. One day I thought of giving her ice. My mom says that you shouldn’t give her ice because it can fracture their teeth but I still think we should give it sometimes in hot seasons but not regularly.

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Carole January, 2015

Ashneet, I have a 1 year old Miniature Schnauzer that picked up an ice cube when the ice maker dropped one on the floor. After that each time he hears us getting ice cubes, he races to get a cube. He loves this and immediately breaks the cube up, eating it. We don’t see any harm in him doing this several times a day.

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Bev August, 2014

We had a full blooded Rottweiler and now have a Rot/Pit Bull mix. Both of them love ice water but when they drink it they get sick and vomit. Our mixed breed loves ice cubes but I’m afraid to let him have them because they might have the same affect.

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Tabbi August, 2014

My Rottweiler/Shepard cross loves ice cubes and will do anything you ask of her to get them. If I give her ice cubes and her food, she’ll ignore her food and go for the ice, every time.

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Lori December, 2014

My 6 month old Rottweiler/Shepard mix is the same way. She has never had any ill effects. She loves her ice cubes, especially after a good run or walk outside.

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Angi June, 2014

I have a 2 month old Yorkshire Terrier. My ex was trying to tell me I can’t give her ice cubes in her water, it’s not good.

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Stephanie June, 2014

That’s because there is something going around on Facebook right now saying that it can kill dogs. Direct him to this article! Vets have now deemed it an urban legend in a lot of articles.

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