Can I Give My Dog Ice Cubes?

Can I give my dog ice cubes?There’s been a scary rumor going around about it being dangerous to give ice cubes to dogs or puppies. Your best buddy’s hydration is very important but safety is obviously the primary concern.

Iced treats can be a safe and suitable solution, for both people and their dogs, as a way to beat the summer heat. No doubt that ice cubes can cool down a canine but there are a few key pitfalls to avoid.

There are actually good and bad ways to serve ice cubes to your pet dog. We are going to tell you how to avoid a ‘sticky situation’ and also suggest a favorite alternate for Fido’s sake.

Can I Give My Dog Ice Cubes? Answer: Yes, but not deep frozen (sticky) & crush them up

Prevent frozen water from sticking to your best buddy’s tongue by crushing the cubes which will also eliminate a potential choking hazard.

It’s also best to avoid giving puppy dogs any ice cubes for safety’s sake. Some make claims that adverse reactions to ice cubes, such as vomiting and bloating, are possible when given to dogs. Most experts, however, say it’s fine and they even recommend this kind of hydration. As long as you ensure that your dog doesn’t choke, or damage their teeth, ice cubes are appropriate.

We take it a step further and make all-natural frozen dog treats. The unique tray can be used for plain ice as well as the included recipes.

Ease Into this Natural Treat

There’s no way to know in advance how well your dog will tolerate ice cubes. Start out small by giving just one, crushed up, to see how they react. Certainly wild dogs sometimes drink icy water from very cold lakes and streams. They may even consume snow during the winter months.

In that sense, it’s easy to understand that most dogs can handle either cold water or some ice cubes. Young puppies, on the other hand, may not be mature enough to deal with the concentrated coldness of ice.

Hardness & Teeth Concerns

Most dogs, unfortunately, won’t just lap at an ice cube but instead chomp it up like it’s their food. This can lead to broken teeth if you give them too many or if they are too hard. That’s why crushed, shaved or ice chips are best.

You also don’t want your dog to be expecting an ice cube, or dessert, each time you open the freezer. Ration this clever cool down treat so that it remains a treat and not something your dog wants all the time.

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

Choking Hazard & Solution

Be aware that full size ice cubes can be a choking hazard. This is especially true for smaller breeds and puppies. Most of the time such a mishap quickly resolves itself because the dog will either cough it back up or the ice will melt before becoming a serious issue. Again, crush up your ice cubes before giving any and 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 is actually a great way to keep their water supply cool during the summertime. 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

Giving ice cubes to a dog makes sense in the summertime. Staying hydrated, especially when it’s hot outside, using this method is reasonable. Ice cube rumors claiming they’re dangerous for dogs are exaggerated. Just avoid serving up extremely cold ice cubes since they may stick to your dog’s tongue or even damage their teeth. Besides that, crushed ice is recommended to avoid any possibility of choking.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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