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Old 07-16-2013, 11:53 AM
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In the summer I put a handful of ice cubes in the outside water dish from time to time if we're out for a while. On a hot day in the sun the water can warm up and it's faster & easier than refilling the bowl. Although it pretty much melts right away, I guess.

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Old 07-16-2013, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by release the hounds View Post
I don't know why someone would have to give anything other than plain old water
For me I do give them plain old water, but I do make the flavoured chunks of ice to cool the water down and keep it fresh. For the flavour, it is just a couple of drops of the juice from when I rinse the home baked liver. I do that on very hot days to ensure that they do drink. As long as it isn't to excess

I also don't use it for cooling them down, that is done by dunking them in water or hosing them down etc.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:26 PM
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I give Elsie ice water when she's hot all the time at home; she asks for it.

The stomach cramping thing sounds like an urban legend to me.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:49 PM
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I agree with Sass. Roman doesn't like ice cubes but he does prefer cold water. In the winter after exercise sometimes he will break the ice on a bucket to drink from. I never thought anything of it.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:53 PM
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I freeze water bottles sometimes. I also gave Summer some crushed ice on Saturday while waiting for her runs. She loves crushed ice. Paps aren't very likely to bloat either. So not worried at all.

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Old 07-16-2013, 01:30 PM
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I don't give ice cubes as a treat because I've heard of broken teeth, but never heard of this.
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:14 PM
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I have seen this letter before and came to the conclusion that it was more then the ice that led to the bloat, like the others said.

I give room temp water as well, always, because if I give Gage cold water on hot days he will throw it up, and if he drinks a bunch of any water after eating he will throw it all up so I do what I can to limit his water intake. Gage loves chewing ice, he gets a few cubes here and there, if he hears ice rattling in a glass he comes running!
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:30 PM
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I rarely give my dogs ice, mainly because I rarely have ice lol. But I don't see any problem with some ice here and there. I probably wouldn't give my dog a whole bowl of ice, but I never worry about bloat when I give a few ice cubes.

Anyway, I hate The Examiner. Their writers aren't professional, and every story is all blown out of proportion. I wrote for the Examiner for a little while, but I wasn't sensationalist enough. I practiced actual journalism, not OMG!!! YOUR KILLING YOU'RE DOGGIEEEEE!!!1!1!1!!!
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:54 PM
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I stopped putting ice in the water bowl when Hudson decided the appropriate response was to take each ice cub out and crunch on it in the kitchen. Then, when that floor was a puddle, he took them onto the rug.

I've read the article (or similar articles) and think that there isn't much proof in them.

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Old 07-16-2013, 06:30 PM
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I'm not a dog (I think!) but in my line of work, we tell everyone to never drink ice water on a hot, active day. I've seen hundreds of times while working on the roofs in the summer, people vomiting, nauseous, getting stomach cramps and the like from drinking ice cold water.

I couldn't tell ya if dogs get the same issue.

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