Is Ice Good For Dogs?
We are midway into Spring but it is starting to feel like a lot like summer already. Temperatures are soaring especially here in sunny California and many other parts of the country and world. The only thing that keeps my darling Labrador Leo cool is cubes of ice. He loves them and can’t get enough of it. How convenient, simple and cheap, right? I’m glad I have a low maintenance dog 😛
I’ve been giving Leo ice for almost a year now and never noticed any health issues or problems. This is why some online articles on its harmful effects alarmed me. What could be wrong with it? It’s smooth, cool and basically just water. What’s everyone talking about?
The most common concern was that ice causes bloating in the stomach. However studies show that bloating is caused mainly by gas buildup in the dog’s body due to overfeeding, underfeeding, lack of water, aging, family history etc.
There is no real proof that ice leads to bloating. Go ahead and freeze waterproof toys and doggie treats (especially peanut butter) before giving them to your pets. You pets will be more engaged with the toy or treat and will spend more time getting to the good parts.
But like they say.. too much of anything is bad for you. Learn when and how to give your dogs some cubes. Don’t dump a lot of them in your dog’s water or toys. A few ice cubes every now and then shouldn’t be a problem.
If you notice any problems, consult your vet immediately and leave a comment below so that we can all learn more about dogs and ice. Also, let us know how you and your furry pal have been beating the heat these days. We’ll take all the tips we can get!