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Every year, it seems, the same rumor gets spread about it being super dangerous to give your dog ice cubes.
But fear not!
It is perfectly fine for fully grown pets to beat the heat with an ice cold treat.
You just have to steer clear of the following:
- Extremely hard ice (may eventually damage teeth)
- Large chunks (choking is a small possibility)
Adult Dogs Can Have Ice Cubes
Crushing them up is smart as it removes an unnecessary risk.
Keep reading to learn more about other key considerations…
Bloat And Bad Reactions
You should ration ice cubes. Do not let your pet pooch go to town with too much and too fast.
Dogs get brain freeze too!
Next up is a condition called Bloat AKA gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV)?
It does, in fact, happen.
This worrisome medical problem occurs due to excessive consumption of water. But the thing is ice cubes take much more time to consume.
In other words, this claim about GDV is basically a myth.
Of course, in already melted form, Bloat isn’t out of the question. So, for this reason, limit the amount of ice cubes (and plain water) that your dog gets to enjoy over a short period of time.
Give Only Defrosted Ice
Want to play it really safe?
Allow some melting to occur.
Ice that is not rock hard is easier on tooth enamel. Dental damage isn’t fun.
Partially melted ice also can’t stick to a dog’s tongue.
Granted, saliva’s warmth quickly fixes such a scenario, but the point is…
No super hard frozen ice cubes for your dog.
What About For Puppies?
When it comes to puppy dogs, the main factor regarding ice cubes is:
Young dogs are not mature enough for ice’s concentrated coldness.
Be cautious. No sub-zero ice or ice water.
That is not to say you cannot accommodate your pup’s teething tendencies using ice cubes.
You certainly can. Moderation!
How Canines Treat Ice
Many dogs do not exactly practice patience with ice cubes.
They tend to chomp at this cool treat like it’s food.
Again, broken teeth are the biggest issue in our opinion.
It can’t be stressed enough:
Go with crushed, shaved or ice chips.
Big-Sized Choking Hazard
Large ice cubes are a potential choking hazard.
Luckily, it’s often the case that a dog will cough it back up. That, or the ice will melt enough in seconds.
Nevertheless, scrutinize the size and hardness of your ice cubes to avert an unlikely chance that your dog could be harmed.
Water Bowl Hydration Boost
Putting a few ice cubes in a buddy’s water dish is a great idea.
Doing so is particularly beneficial in hot or dry climates.
Ice cubes can cause a dog to swallow more water. It makes drinking more enjoyable. They’ll be better hydrated!
The Bottom Line
Ice cubes are basically safe for dogs. In fact, sharing is a great way to hydrate.
Bloat is thankfully not a well-founded fear.
However, you still have to ensure that your dog doesn’t choke (short-term worry) or damage teeth (long-term problem) by withholding very hard ice.
Finally, limit ice cube quantities. Follow this advice to allay your concerns.