RSPCA is settling the debate over whether you should feed your dog ice cubes

Dog owners have shared how they cool down their pets during a heatwave – but some of their suggestions have been speculated by vets

A dog licking an ice cube to cool off in the heat wave
A dog licking an ice cube to cool off in the heat wave

As temperatures soar to 32C in parts of the UK, dog owners are being urged to keep their dogs hydrated in the heat.

Dogs can experience heat stroke in minutes – and must gradually lower their body temperature for the best chance of survival.

Owners have told how they give their dogs ice cubes to cool them down during the summer months – but their recommendations have been speculated by vets.

Some suggest that giving ice cream on hot days can make dogs gassy, ​​which is a greater risk for larger dogs.

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Owners need to gradually lower their dog’s body temperature when suffering from heat stroke


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We asked experts to get to the bottom of the truth, and the RSPCA says it’s okay to give dogs ice cream and even suggests giving puppies all sorts of frozen treats to keep their temperatures down.

“The RSPCA recommends freezing a dog’s water bowl or kong before adding water or fresh treats (to keep it cooler longer).

“We also advise adding ice cubes to your pet’s water or making frozen treats to cool them down,” a spokesman for the animal rescue organization told Der Spiegel.

Some vets have said they believe ice cream could cause tooth damage in dogs, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them when they’re eating.

dr Susan C. Nelson, a clinical professor at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center, said PetMD : “The bigger and harder the cube, the higher the probability of this happening.”

Offering dogs smaller cubes or even ice shavings can help prevent this problem.

Top tips for keeping dogs cool in hot weather

The RSPCA has some other top tips for keeping dogs cool in hot weather:

  • Give the puppies a damp towel to lie on or maybe an ice pack wrapped in a towel
  • Dogs will probably love a paddling pool where they can splash around and stay cool.
  • Never leave your pooch in a hot car, even for a short time. Temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C, which can result in death.

  • Use pet sunscreen on exposed areas of your pet’s skin to keep them from burning themselves.

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