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Do Ice Cubes Cause Bloat?

 

dog eating a bowl of ice cubes

I remember reading about this myth several years ago when I was sitting on the back porch with my husband.

Ice cubes or ice water can cause bloat in dogs.

Let’s pick this myth from 2007, apart, again.

We’ve talked about bloat on this blog several times.

What is dog bloat?

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 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.

 

Hazards of giving dog ice cubes

Can there be hazards to giving a dog ice water or ice cubes?

Sure.

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.

dog bowl filled with ice cubes

It’s common sense.

Personally, I see no harm in giving my dogs ice cubes as long as it’s in moderation.

Pros of giving dogs ice cubes

For some dogs, adding ice chips or ice cubes can actually them down from taking big gulps of water.

Ice cubes are a good way to keep dogs hydrated in the warm summer months.

Ice cubes in water bowls keep water cool and inviting for dogs.

Sherman and Leroy love ice cubes and they think they are a special treat and I’ve actually noticed that when there is ice in their water bowl, they drink slower.

And if you think about it, what’s the first thing you’re allowed to eat after you have surgery?

Ice chips.

Many veterinarians recommend the same thing for dogs after they come out of surgery or if they have upset stomachs to make sure they are able to keep fluids down.

Leroy likes ice cubes 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.

Do Ice Cubes Cause Bloat?

He’s more at risk for drowning in his water bowl then getting bloat.

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’m sorry for your loss.

p.s. if you know someone who believes this myth please spread the word that this is indeed a myth. We need people to understand the true facts about bloat and not confuse them more.

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Lisa F.

Monday 28th of May 2018

"If you lack common sense, sorry for your loss." LOL! That's the best thing I've read in a long time!

Monika & Sam

Wednesday 28th of June 2017

It's kind of like the old saying don't go outside with wet hair in the winter; you'll catch a cold. Except that viruses cause cold. Thanks for sharing another insightful post, Jen. Sending digital ice cubes for Leroy. Stay cool.

Two French Bulldogs

Tuesday 27th of June 2017

Very interesting thank you for the info Snorts Lily & Edward

Jen

Wednesday 28th of June 2017

Thank you :)

All Things Collie

Tuesday 27th of June 2017

What is your opinion on certain foods causing bloat?

I read an article, by a vet, that discussed people feeding their dogs fruits and veggies in addition to their regular kibble. The idea being its healthier for the dog to eat real food, and not just kibble. As kibble has such a wide range of quality, some experts are encouraging owners to cut back a 1/4 or 1/2 of the kibble in their pets' diets, and substitute real healthy food instead. I actually do this from time to time, adding real meat, fruits and veggies. Because only eating kibble every day your entire life seems boring and possibly could lead to problems.

But the vet suggested that fruits and veggies are digested at a different rate than kibble and meat, and that they can cause gas...which can lead to bloat. He actually suggested feeding fruits and veggies separate from kibble, at a different time of day.

There are so many experts, it's hard to know who to believe. And since bloat is now a concern for collies, I've been reading a lot of articles. (I even heard about the ice cube myth)

Jen

Wednesday 28th of June 2017

Way back in the day I believe that they said dogs that are fed kibble were more likely to bloat but that has since been debunked. Unfortunately, I've known and read about many dogs that were fed home cooked or raw diets bloating. I've never heard that about feeding veggies and fruits separate but it makes sense that they would digest at a different rate.

Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom

Tuesday 27th of June 2017

Excellent, informative post, Jen!! Thanks for sharing with us!!

Shadow doesn't care one way or another about ice cubes; but Ducky? Now she is another story. Our little demon dog will stand about 6 inches away from the fridge whenever we are getting ice for our drinks, in hopes that the ice maker will do its usual act of spitting cubes all over the floor instead of in our cups. She will grab a cube and make a beeline for the carpet, and then crunch the ice into smaller pieces and leave it there. ? Crazy dog!

Jen

Wednesday 28th of June 2017

Hahaha! Ducky sounds exactly like Leroy!

All Things Collie

Tuesday 27th of June 2017

Our Scarlett loves ice cubes too. She runs off with them like she snatched a bite of steak! Lol

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