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Old 07-16-2013, 05:49 PM
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I doubt the ice caused the dog to bloat, as there were so many other factors going on.

That said, I rarely feed ice to my dogs. Of all the Dobermans we've had, they all throw up almost immediately after drinking cold water or eating an ice cube, so since getting them I barely give my dogs ice. I used to all the time as treats, and those dogs were fine, but now I'm a bit more cautious. I wouldn't give a dog ice to cool them off though.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:32 AM
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I give ice because she enjoys it and it cools her faster than drinking water. Plus, she doesn't GUZZLE it and regurgitate it later because she's panting so hard.

Letting them gorge on water after exercise is more likely to cause bloat, imo, than ice cubes.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:45 AM
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I give ice because she enjoys it and it cools her faster than drinking water. Plus, she doesn't GUZZLE it and regurgitate it later because she's panting so hard.

Letting them gorge on water after exercise is more likely to cause bloat, imo, than ice cubes.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:00 PM
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Crossbone just LOVES his skull & crossbone ice cubes as a special treat!!
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:22 PM
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Yeah, sounds like there's not a definitive cause. That being said, Wesley doesn't really get ice cubes, I normally don't give him really cold water because whenever I chug it I get a stomachache, figure it applies to him. If he's really hot, I splash some cold water in his inner thigh area and that helps a ton, although my Mom saw and (jokingly) said it was perverted. He won't lay down in the water, whatevs
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:17 AM
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I chalk this up to one of those, "Well, it happened to my dog" things, that are pretty rare, at most, and the cause isn't really known. It's kind of like the "Don't give your dog rawhide!" messages. My old Pit mix Gus must have eaten (they didn't last long) a dozen or more strips a day, for over 14 years, my past dogs hate hundreds of them over 12+ years, and my Beagle ate them for 12 years. I don't know anyone whose dog had issues with rawhide. And with Gus, I figured it was the only thing that kept him from eating the furniture or walls. He had to chew, and didn't care about his Kong and other toys for them to make a good substitute for the rawhide he loved so much. I never gave my dogs icewater, but would toss a couple of cubes to them, without issues.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:49 PM
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I've never had a problem with it and do put ice in their water from time to time. It's been super hot over here so they do get ice more.

I also on training days dump 20lbs. of ice in each of the GSDs kennels, LoLa doesn't go if it's over 80. The ice melts in the bottom of the kennels and helps keep them cool in there while waiting etc. I've never had a problem and probably they'd be fine without the ice but it makes me feel better about keeping them cool.
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