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Can you give ice cubes to dogs?

Two Jack Russell dogs eating ice cubes on the floor advice

You can give ice cubes to dogs but be cautious!

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Dogs suffer from heat, and many dog ​​owners wonder if it is possible to add ice cubes in their dogs' water bowls. Here is what you need to know for the well-being of your pet!

By Emilie Heyl

Published on the 11/08/2020, 15:40

On a hot day, when the temperature is high and you get hot, you almost automatically add ice cubes into your glass to cool off! Or, for the greedy ones you eat ice cream. But have you ever wondered if you could do the same for your dog? Can you add ice cubes in your dog’s water bowl? And can you give your furry friend ice cubes to eat? Let’s find out!

Can you give dogs ice cubes to cool them down?

You can definitely give your dog ice cubes, as long as you don't overdo it. 

You can put one or two small ice cubes in your dog's water bowl, if it is not cold enough as this will help refresh your animal. You can also add a small amount of crushed ice.

It is also possible to give to your dog, from time to time, a small ice cube to chew. But be careful not to overdo it! Even a dog who is very happy to bite into ice cubes can suffer the consequences afterwards.

Like humans, dogs can get toothaches or headaches if they eat too much cold food too quickly. In addition, an excess of ice cubes can lead to digestive problems such as vomiting or diarrhoea.

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You'll see for yourself if your dog is having digestive issues when consuming ice cubes, and you can reduce or eliminate the quantity of ice cubes you give to your dog in the summer accordingly.

If your dog likes ice cubes but doesn't swallow them in quantity, you can offer him more while keeping an eye on him to avoid any incidents. He might like to lay down on them to enjoy their freshness as they melt. This will be particularly the case for Huskies and other Mountain dogs.

Can icy water be dangerous for the dog?

In general, it is recommended not to give ice-cold water to your dog, because an excess of cold water causes stomach aches, or even digestive disorders such as vomiting or diarrhoea.

Test the temperature of the water in your dog's bowl before giving it to him: if it is too cold, use it to water your plants and refill the bowl with cool, but not iced water.

Usually, when a dog drinks too much ice cold water, he will be sick, and the same goes with ice cubes. If your dog seems to be in pain after consuming too much ice water or ice cubes, contact your veterinarian. But otherwise, you don't have to worry!

You can also call a 24-hour vet!

How do you make ice cubes for dogs?

If you wish to be a little creative with the ice cubes you give to your dog, here is a recipe idea for your dog's frozen treats.

You will need: 

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • ¼ cup peanut butter

Steps to follow:

  1. Mix the water and the broth together 
  2. Choose an ice cube mould that will hold water easily without spilling.
  3. Fill the mould with the broth/water mixture. 3
  4. Stick the mould in the freezer for about 30 minutes. The ice cubes don’t need to be completely frozen.
  5. Add a thin layer of peanut butter at the top of the ice cube and put them back in the freezer for another 30 minutes. Please be extra careful with the peanut butter, it must not contain xylitol.
  6. Once your ice cubes are ready, wait 5-10 minutes before serving them to your dog.

If your dog is a little bit hesitant at the beginning, you can spread a little bit of peanut butter on the ice cube. Once they’ll taste this recipe, they will love it!

How to cool your dog down ​​when it is very hot?

Not only is it important for dog owners and their dogs to stay hydrated in the summer by drinking a lot of cold water, but it is also crucial to keep your dog’s body temperature normal as there could be life threatening conditions. Besides ice cubes and cool water, there are plenty of ways to cool your dog down in the summer!

You can, among other things:

  • Make homemade ice cream for your dog using simple ingredients.
  • Fill an inflatable pool for your dog.
  • Take your dog to the seaside.
  • Regularly change the water in his water bowls, keep it in the shade and incite your dog to drink.
  • Walk your dog when it’s cooler, and not between 10am and 4pm, when the temperature is at its maximum.

Here are our tips to avoid heat stroke in dogs, as well as sunburn! Enjoy your summer with your dog!

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