On ridiculously hot days like today, dog owners often will do whatever they can to help keep their pooch cool, and that may include giving them ice cubes, either straight from the tray (some dogs like to play with them) or adding them to their water bowl.
In an article, Dr. Ernie Ward, Jr. wrote, “The Internet never forgets, even when it’s wrong.”
If you see a facebook post “ice cube and ice water kills dogs” let your fellow pet owners know it’s not true.
“It’s okay to give your dog ice cubes as treats if you choose. I’m more concerned about your dog chipping a tooth than developing Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), commonly called bloat, as a result of chomping on the ice,” Dr. Ward wrote. “If your dog becomes overheated, start cooling it down by rinsing it with cool water and don’t allow it to rapidly gulp large volumes of water, with or without ice cubes.”
He added, “Even better, do me a favor and don’t leave your dog in a parked car, ever.”