Can I Give My Dog Ice Cubes?

Can I Give My Dog an Ice Cube?There’s a scary rumor going around about the dangers of giving ice cubes to dogs or puppies. Hydration is important, but safety is obviously the primary concern.

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Rest assured, cold treats are a safe and sound way for dogs to beat the summer heat. Ice cubes will cool down a canine but there are a few pitfalls to avoid.

There’s a right and wrong way to serve ice cubes to your pet dog. We are going to tell you how to avoid a ‘sticky situation’ and also suggest an excellent alternate.

Can I Give My Dog Ice Cubes? Answer: Yes, but crush them up

Prevent frozen water from sticking to your buddy’s tongue. Simply crush the cubes. This will also eliminate a potential choking hazard.

For safety’s sake, don’t give puppy dogs any ice cubes. Claims of adverse reactions, such as vomiting and bloating, are possible but unlikely. Just limit ice cube portions. Most experts actually recommend this kind of hydration. If you ensure that your dog doesn’t choke, or damage their teeth, ice cubes are appropriate.

Better idea: If you have a Kong toy, you can get a freeze kit for it and make wonderful frozen dog treats.

Ease Into this Natural Treat

Can your pet dog tolerate a few ice cubes? Find out by giving just one, crushed up, to see how they handle it. Too much and too fast, just like for people, can cause a canine brain freeze!

But consider that wild dogs often drink icy water from very cold lakes and streams. They even consume chilled snow. It’s normal for them.

Young puppies, on the other hand, may not be mature enough to deal with ice’s concentrated coldness.

Avoid Hardness and Habits

Most dogs, unfortunately, won’t patiently lap at an ice cube. Instead, they’ll chomp it up like food. This can lead to broken teeth. That’s why crushed, shaved or ice chips are recommended.

You also don’t want your dog to be expecting an ice cube, or dessert, each time you open the freezer. They should remain a special treat and not something your dog wants all the time.

A few ice cubes, here and there, will actually help to keep your pet’s teeth clean!

Choking Hazard & Solution

Full size ice cubes are a choking hazard, especially for smaller breeds and puppies. Luckily, it’s often the case that a dog will either cough it back up or the ice will melt before becoming a serious issue.

Nevertheless, just in case, be sure to crush up your ice cubes. This way, your dog won’t possibly experience such a frightening scenario.

Ice Cubes in a Water Bowl

Putting a few ice cubes in your dog’s water dish makes a lot of sense, especially if you live in a hot or dry climate, or after Fido has greatly exerted themselves.

In this sense, ice cubes can indirectly cause your pet dog to drink more water. It will be more enjoyable for them and, as a result, they’ll be better hydrated!

Conclusion on Ice Cubes

Giving ice cubes to a dog is generally safe. It’s a great way to keep a hound hydrated. Rumors that ice cubes are dangerous for dogs are exaggerated. Sure, extremely cold ice cubes may stick to the tongue or even damage a dog’s teeth. Choking is also a remote possibility, but crushed ice eliminates these concerns.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.

22 thoughts on “Can I Give My Dog Ice Cubes?

  1. Susan

    My almost 11-year old Golden Retriever eats ice every day. We live in an extremely hot climate in Arizona. Ice cubes in her water bowl are the norm.

  2. Trish Cannning

    My 15th month old Kelpie just loves ice cubes, but we only give her the ones made by manufacturers. We make a game of it in the hot summer months.

  3. Astrid

    Apolo 🐶 likes ice ❄ cubes every day. Just one or two. It may be a good way to get fresh and clean water 💦. It’s refreshing and complements his meals.

  4. Mary

    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.

  5. Tim

    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.

  6. Tom

    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.

  7. Jean Strong

    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.

  8. Maria

    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.

  9. Sandra

    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.

  10. Chris

    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.

  11. Monica

    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.

  12. George

    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.

  13. Loretta

    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!

  14. Mike

    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.

  15. Ashneet

    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.

    1. Carole

      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.

  16. Bev

    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.

  17. Tabbi

    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.

    1. Lori

      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.

  18. Angi

    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.

    1. Stephanie

      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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