I live in Missouri and it is getting a titch bit hot out. I have been refrigerating water and giving that water to my dogs, especially since one is mainly an outside dog (doesn't like to be in the house). I was telling someone that yesterday and they said it is not good to give them "COLD" water. I thought I was going them a favor but if it going to hurt them, I will quit doing this. Does anyone have an opinion on this?
Back home in Minnesota we used to fill up a gallon ice cream bucket with water and dump some ice cubes in it for our black labs if they were going to spend the day outside with us. They loved it and wouldn't have it any other way. In fact when the ice would melt and their water would get a little warm they would come find us and bring us to the bucket like, "put some more ice in this man!" I can't tell you how many times the dogs ate snow either. The one would just open her mouth put her face in it and graze her way to where she wanted to go. Even our dog Sunny in Louisiana now lays in her kiddie pool of cold water and drinks it until it heats up (it's Louisiana) and then we have to refill it. She won't stay in it unless its cold end of story. If giving cold water to dogs is bad then I haven't heard it. I say if the dogs like it rock on!
Having cold water or water with ice cubes available to the dog all the time is a good thing in hot weather. Giving very cold water to an overheated dog can cause internal problems like cramps and will be a shock to their systems. If your dog is overheating you can apply water to the outside of the dog to lower its body temperature but don't give it very cold water to drink, just cool or room temperature water.
I have no idea if cold water is bad for dogs and it wouldn't be a bad idea to ask a vet. However, I wouldn't believe anything some stranger on the street tells you. There are way too many morons willing to give silly, bad or dangerous advice without a second thought. Unless this person has some sort of qualifications when it comes to animals or they scecifically said "My vet told me...," I wouldn't give it much thought. I have been told by complete strangers and the odd family member that never even owned a Rottie, that my dog is going to turn on me or will "change" when he hits adolescence. (He is four by the way.) These are the same kind of people that say pit bulls have "locking" jaws, and it's good for a female to have a litter before she is spayed.
I live in south FL and it passed a titch bit hot about 5 months ago. Amazingly, no matter how stinking hot it is outside my dogs love being out there, with a doggie door to give them access to the air conditioned house, I have to call them in. Double coats and all.
My guys not only get ice in their water, they have ice in their wading pool. They love playing "bobbing for ice cubes". Since Beau is 5 and Arwen is 4 and are both very healthy and happy, I see no problem with it. Given a choice, they will go for the ice every time.
Edited to add~ I don't allow them to become overheated, than give ice cold water or ice. I'm very aware of the fact that they're outside in 90+ degrees wearing fur coats.
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Ditto to arachyd1's answer... cold water and ice cubes as a treat on hot days are good, but if your dog is overheated, or play strenously in the very hot weather, then cool, not cold water is best. Have you ever tried to gulp down ice cold water after a run, or when you probably are suffering a bit of heat exhaustion? You want to drink really fast, since you are so hot, then all of a sudden you feel sick to your stomach, crampy, etc. Same idea for dogs. If your dog is relaxing in the shade on a hot day, then cold water and ice is good, if you just got back from a long walk in the sun, stick to cool water until he has cooled down a bit.
That's a good point! Can it cause bloat? I know deep chested dogs are more suceptable than others. Harley is out in his run a couple hours in the early morning and a couple in the late evening. The rest of the day he's in the AC'd house. Being mostly black, he is very suceptable to the heat.
The minute my poms here the freezer door open they alllll come running for a cube. I will sometimes put some in their water bowls, and I even put it outside for the cats to help them stay cool. Pyrmom, I live in central FL and I don't think it was ever cool this year do you?
Pomeranians are like potatoe chips you cant have just one.
We don't have the extreme heat you all do, but I still put ice cubes in Rocky's water when it's hot out. Usually just in the outside water.
Ice cubes themselves are a different story. Rocky is a Puggle, half pug and half beagle, he LOVES ice cubes. Chews them up and swallows them every chance he gets. I have given him as many as three in a row before he tires of eating them.
Of course, he also eats, tomatoes, carrots, sweepotatoes, peppers, green beans, broccoli (all raw). When I am fixing vegies, there he sits with an imploring look on his face. If I give him somethign he is not fond of, he drops it and goes back to sitting just waiting for something he likes
You have to read your own dog, I can give my dogs water from the fridge, but if they eat cold snow they throw up. Drinking water is for rehydrating them, it really doesn't matter if its room temp or really cold. Its not the temp of the water that gives dogs bloat, its exercise/full stomach/water that is the culprit.
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Actuall if a dog has been running or is already hot cold water can hurt them, the amount in an ice cube is to little unless they are little guy. The body will not asorb the water unless it is body tempature. So the body will send blood to the stomach to warm the water. removing it from the extremeties....the extremeties blood vessels are not far from the surface so they disspate he faster...this is why you sometimes get cold hands and feet. Also all the warm blood circling the stomach will increase core tempature. The chance of causing heat stress from this is low. but if the dog is already in heat stress or exhaustion this can make matters much worse.
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