|Barked: Fri Mar 29, '13 1:25pm PST |
|I've heard that ice water is bad for overheated dogs due to bloat risk too. Also because the extreme cold can cause blood vessels to constrict, which reduces circulation and can make it harder to cool the dog - as well as leading to other potentially serious complications. Best to use cool, not cold water and compresses on overheated dogs.
In terms of a treat, I think ice is fine. HOWEVER... Whole, from-the-tray ice cubes are the perfect size to choke on. NBD for people, but dogs don't understand the concepts of ice, freezing and melting points, liquids and solids. I personally know dogs who have choked on ice. None have died, but one suffered brain damage from oxygen deprivation.
With that in mind, when my dogs get ice it's either a pile of chips to play in, or too big to fit in their mouth. There are a growing number of dog toys you can fill and freeze, or you can find an appropriate container and DIY.
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