Taking your pet pooch out will leave their tails wagging, but a hot-weather walk or run during the summer months leaves their tongues wagging for some ice-cold water. After a blog post, “NO ICE WATER FOR DOGS…PLEASE READ ASAP,” has been in the media spotlight, many are wondering if it is safe to give dogs ice-cubed cold water?
The blogger, Wendy Wendt advises readers not to give their dogs ice-cold water or ice cubes in extreme heat or humidity, especially after they have been running and are panting heavily. Wendt shared the story about putting ice cubes in her dog’s water bowl to cool him off. The dog began to dry heave and drool, seemingly chocking. He then began to bloat. The dog was rushed to the vet, where luckily there was no vital organ damage done.
She writes, “In surgery the vet found that Baran’s stomach was in its normal anatomic position. We went over what had happened. When I told the vet about the ice water, he asked why I gave him ice water. I said that I have always done this. I told him my history behind this practice and his reply was, “I have been very lucky.” The ice water I gave Baran caused violent muscle spasms in his stomach, which caused the bloating. Even though I figured his temperature was down enough to feed, and gave him this ice water, I was wrong. His internal temperature was still high. The vet stated that giving a dog ice to chew or ice water is a big NO, NO! There is no reason for a dog to have ice/ice water. Normal water at room temperature, or cooling with cold towels on the inner thigh, is the best way to help cool a dog. The vet explained it to me like this: If you, as a person, fall into a frozen lake what happens to your muscles? They cramp. This is the same as a dog’s stomach.”
However, this might be just a social media scare. A local vet told FOX17 that while the story is legitimate (and has been getting around since 2007), as bloating can cause the stomach to enlarge and flip, which could be life threatening, your dog is not in serious danger per say.
“Ice cubes and cold water are fine for pets as long as it’s done with some common sense,” Dr. Carpenter told FOX17.
This could cause potential harm in severely dehydrated dogs, but has nothing to do with the temperature of the water, but rather that they consume the water quickly and in large quantities.
Ice cubes or cold water won’t cause bloat in your pup when given in moderation and is fine during hot water. Remember that bloat could happen from water of any temperature. Make sure that your dog drinks slowly and a little at a time when out in the heat.