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.
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.
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