I remember reading about this myth several years ago when I was sitting on the back porch with my husband.
Ice or ice water can cause bloat in dogs.
Let’s pick this myth apart, again.
We’ve talked about bloat here several times.
Bloat is a serious medical condition in a dog when that occurs when they eat or drink too much or too fast. When they are eating or drinking fast they have the potential to swallow a lot of air. This air can cause the stomach to fill with gas and potentially flip causing a GDV (Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus). Any dog can get bloat but deep chested breeds seem to be more prone.
So how does ice cubes or ice water come into play here?
It really doesn’t.
It’s the air that is being swallowed when the water is being consumed.
If I take my dogs for a 10 mile walk on a hot day and then let them come home and drink 3 gallons of water, whether it contains ice or not, they are at risk for getting bloat.
It’s the amount of water and air that they are sucking down not the temperature of the water they are drinking.
If ice water or ice cubes caused bloat then we wouldn’t let our dogs eat anything cold or frozen such as snow, frozen yogurt, ice cream or frozen peanut butter.
Can there be hazards to giving a dog ice water or ice cubes?
Ice is hard and it can break a dog’s tooth, just like they can break a tooth on anything that is hard.
It’s suggested that a dog that is overheated not be given large amounts of ice or ice water. I believe that is because there are better ways to cool an overheated dog down such as getting them to a cool spot, hosing them down with cool, not cold water and/or offering small amounts of water if they are alert enough to drink.
It’s common sense.
Personally, I see no harm in giving my dogs ice or ice water as long as it is in moderation.
Sherman and Leroy love ice cubes and they think they are a special treat.
If we are ever sitting out on the back porch with our beverages in a cooler the dogs know that there is ice in there and they want some.
Leroy’s also likes ice in his water in the summer. It’s not because he likes his water super cold, it’s because he wants to go fishing for ice.
He’s more at risk for drowning in his water bowl than getting bloat.
The above picture was taken yesterday. There was a 1/2 bowl of fresh water with some ice cubes in it. Leroy did not bloat from drinking this and I never thought he would.
It’s common sense people.
Disclosure- I am not a veterinarian but you can read what Dr. Andy Rorak thinks about giving dogs ice water here. If you question giving ice or ice water to your dog you should talk to your veterinarian. If you lack common sense, I am sorry for your loss.
p.s. if you know someone who believes this myth please spread the word that this is in deed a myth. We need people to understand the true facts about bloat and not confuse them more.