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    Unhappy Ice cubes to cool down

    I give my dogs ice cubes when it's hot and just last week I put ice cubes in their water when it was so miserable outside. Would love to hear this disputed.
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    I occasionally throw some ice into water bowls on a hot day, or even let
    them chew on a few ice cubes now and then when it is hot. I may re-think
    this! I personally only know of three Siberians over the years who died of
    bloat in my circle of acquaintances, but something to keep in mind when it
    is hot.

    < Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007 19:16:56 +0000

    Hello Everyone,
    I am writing this in hopes that some may learn from what I just went
    through. We went to the Steel Valley Cluster this past weekend.

    After showing we went back to our site/set up and got the dogs in their
    crates to cool off.
    After being back about 30min. I noticed Baran was low on water. I took a
    hand full of ice from my cooler and put it in his bucket with more water....
    We all then started to get all the dogs Ex'ed and food ready for them.

    After checking the dogs and thinking they were cooled off enough we fed
    everyone. As we were walking around picking out the feed dishes from the
    crates, one of my friends stated that Baran seamed like he was choking. I we
    nt over and check on him and he was dry heaving and was real drolly.
    I got him out of the crate to check him over I noticed he had not eaten, he
    was in some what distress. I checked him over from head to toe and did not
    notice anything. I walked him around for about a min. when I noticed that he
    was starting to Bloat. I did everything I was taught to do in this case. I
    was not able to get him to burp, and we gave him Phasezime.

    We jumped on the golf cart to take him down to the Show vet to find out that
    he did not have a bloat kit, He referred us to the clinic that was to be on
    call, but we found out that the clinic was closed.
    After finding another clinic that was open we rushed Baran to that
    one. We call ahead and let them know that we were on our way. They were set
    up and waiting on us and got Baran stable very fast. After Baran was stable
    and out of distress we transported Baran to AVREC were he went into surgery
    to ma ke sure no damage was done to any of his vital organs. I am very happy
    to say that Baran is doing great, there was not damage to any vital organs,
    and he still loves his food.

    In surgery the doctor found that Baran's stomach was in its normal anatomic
    position. The Doctor and I went over the events of what happened up to the
    point of Baran's Bloating. When I told him about the ice water he asked why
    I gave him ice water, and have I always did this. I told him my history
    behind this practice and his reply was "You have been very lucky for the
    past 15 years."
    The ice water I gave Baran cause violent Muscle spasm in his stomach which
    caused the bloating. Even though I figured his temp was down enough to feed
    and give him this ice water his internal temp was still high. Dr. Vogf
    stated that giving dogs ice to chew or ice water is a big NO, NO; there
    should be not reason for them to have ice/ice water. Normal water (room Tem
    p.), or cooling with cold towels on the inter thigh. This is the best way to
    help cool a dog.

    I felt the need to share this with everyone, in the hopes that some may
    learn from what I went through, I do not wish this on anyone. Baran is home
    now doing fine. He does not like the fact that he has to be walked on lead
    in the yard to keep him from running. He hates not being able to go out and
    rough house it with the others, but is doing great. So please if you do use
    ice and ice water, beware as what could happen.
    Sorry so long and excuse the mispellings...
    frecklesmom
    Learning new things everyday

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    What an interesting read. I have never heard of anything but positive advice regarding ice cubes!

    Though, my dog does tend to use it to chase around the floor.

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    So does mine. She gets an icecube a couple of times every day, depending on the heat. She chases it, crunches it and eats it without any problems. We are not planning to stop her from getting icecubes. To us it seems to be a "healthy water snack", a supplement to any other food snacks, which also can be fattening and unhealthy.

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    Oh no! Kingston adores ice cubes. They're his favorite treat!

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    We puree veggies and pour them into ice cube trays for cool treats. Will have to watch for signs, but so far nothing has happened.
    Jen, Abbey (Tri Cavalier) & Gus (White Min. Schnauzer)

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    That is scary! Cupcake loves chasing ice cubes around the kitchen floor.
    Kendra
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    that is a scary story, but its something we have never given any of our dogs
    Ryan, Lisa, and Kieran.....our 2 Blenhiem girls Lucy and Megan, Jake the Lab, and the old man of the house...Charlie

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    I've been doing research, and I can't find any reputable source that says ice cubes are dangerous. In fact, most websites I've found are recommending ice cubes for cooling down pets (including the California Veterinary Association).

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    First of all I am very gald to hear that Baron was OK.

    Personnally I crush ice cubes down a little in the blender before putting them in water bowls but have also heard nothing of them causing bloat, HOWEVER, in the summer I feed my dogs early in the morning in case the heat puts them off their feed, could be they have had a chance to digest the bulk of their feed before the ice water, usually given early afternoon, has a chance to affect things?? My lot's favourite way to cool down is under the hosepipe!!
    Cathryn
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    This story reminds me of what happened last summer with Oliver. We ended up having to rush to the ER. We had gone to the park on a hot summer evening where Oliver loves to get in the pond and swim. The problem is that he also loves to eat anything floating by, sticks, mulch, leaves....its like a game to him. I try to discourage him from doing that, but its tough. In the process he obviously swallowed a lot of pond water. I fed him when I got home and a few minutes later he started acting really weird...listless, droopy, and then started peeing in the house and having problems breathing. I got totally scared and took him to the ER where they rushed him in upon seeing the condition he was in. They x-rayed him and found that his stomach had bloated to 3 times its normal size. Luckily, it didnt twist. They gave him drops in his eye to make him vomit and watched him for a while afterwards. He vomited some pond debris and his food. The vet said the combination of the water he ingested coupled with the fact that it had been a hot summer and there were probably different micro-organisms that were thriving and then feeding him after had caused him to have bloat.

    It was really scary and I try to be very careful now about ponds and lakes. I really dont like him to swim but he loves it so its hard to keep him out. I just keep an eagle eye to make sure he isnt drinking the water and eating the debris. I also never feed him immediately after we get home- I wait a few hours.
    Holly, Oliver, Rosalita, and Scarlett

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