Do you give your dog ice cubes? There is the myth that says that…… but it is wrong.
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I give Maxx an occassional ice cube, he loves them!
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An ice cube here and there is probably fun, but be very careful about giving too much ice. It can cause bloat from what I understand. I am sure someone will pipe up with the details. I know I used to give water with ice cubes in it to my dogs at a hunt test (but not overheated), and apparently, it can lead to dire consequences.
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I think bloat is the myth that Chris is referring to.
Forgot to say that I will give my guys an ice cube as a treat every now and then. I don't do it very often because they tend to lose interest and I end up stepping in a puddle of water somewhere in the house.
There is a Sticky thread posted somewhere on here about the bloat concern, it's not a myth. To summarize, dogs shouldn't have excessive amounts of ice cubes or ice cold water as it can cause a gastric upset that makes their stomach literally flip and it contorts blood supply and they can die from it. Other factors include them inhaling their food too quickly or at a certain angle. Typically just a concern for dogs like Labs that have deep chests. So it is a real thing, basically nothing in excess. Good rule of thumb for dogs in general. Otherwise there is no real concern of it happening & nothing wrong with the occasional ice cube.
Flynn (RIP October '12) liked ice cubes. Mostly he liked to crunch on them and let the chips fall to the kitchen floor. I think he enjoyed the crunching sound it made more than anything. And as Cam said, there would always be the remaining puddle of water to step in, so I began standing over him with a paper kitchen towel, waiting for him to finish, then wipe up what was left.
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Any time I use ice cubes, my boys each get one, but no more than that.
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