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Old 07-16-2013, 09:39 AM
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:43 AM
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I've read it before, the letter, and it didn't worry me.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:50 AM
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The dog was hot and had just been shown, apparently drank a whole bowl full of water, then ate a bowl of ice, then ate a normal meal of food. It's hard for me to single out the ice to blame.

It also doesn't make a lot of sense to me that ice -> muscle spasms -> bloat.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:55 AM
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I've never had it happen, but I don't give my dogs ice water either. If I need to cool them down I usually dunk them or hose them off. If Mira gets hot, she'll lay on her back so I can hose her stomach, which she loves.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:57 AM
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Also, I've never personally had a dog bloat, but all the dogs I have seen with bloat haven't had anything out of the ordinary occur in their day/routine before bloating except one that was boarding at the time.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:58 AM
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The dog was hot and had just been shown, apparently drank a whole bowl full of water, then ate a bowl of ice, then ate a normal meal of food. It's hard for me to single out the ice to blame.

It also doesn't make a lot of sense to me that ice -> muscle spasms -> bloat.
This.

There are so many things that could have caused bloat in this case:

Stress from show
Stress from being in the traveling kennel (they didn't say if the dog was used to that or not)
Breed predisposition
Hereditary?
Heat
Drinking a lot of water/eating a full meal
Ice

So um, ya.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:13 AM
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I've heard you shouldn't give a dog ice water, but not because of bloat... I relate it more to when I'm overheated or dehydrated, guzzling cold water is likely to make me throw up or at the very least give me stomach cramps. I figure it's probably the same for a dog. Chug a bunch of cold water when you're super hot and the stomach isn't going to like it very much. Whenever I fill up water bowls inside I go for a medium temp water. Of course filling up bowls outside with the hose often results in fairly cold water but I've never noticed anything adverse from it.

I've given Auggie ice cubes and he enjoys them, but I don't imagine they're still very ice cold by the time he's done chomping and slobbering all over them. =P Yesterday while playing with Payton, every time I gave him a treat I thought how HOT his tongue was - an ice cube wouldn't survive the toasty environment of his mouth for very long. I quit giving Auggie ice cubes but it's actually because I think the biggest risk is broken teeth and he's an oldie now, so I'd rather preserve his teeth as much as possible.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:28 AM
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I have frozen flavored water in small containers ( 1 cup sized) for trials, then put it into their water bucket with water. The dogs tend to lick it and they don't melt too fast because of their size. And for my guys, they don't take them out and chew on them.
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I don't know why someone would have to give anything other than plain old water
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I don't know why someone would have to give anything other than plain old water
I'm kind of on the same page as this.

I carry bottled water with me for the dogs, but they don't get ice mostly because it's a pain to transport and keep cool with my limited space.

They get an ice cube here or there because they like to chew on them, but it's never a means to cool them down.
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