Ice fine for dogs, say local experts

Is giving ice to dogs a bad idea

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — An old rumor making the rounds on the Internet has some dog owners keeping ice away from their dogs.

The rumor claims ice water causes bloat, which can be harmful to the family pet.

Local dog experts said that is not true. While bloat is real, it is not caused by ice water.

“It has nothing to do with it. It is perfectly fine. We like ice water. They like ice water. It is refreshing. It is perfectly fine to give dogs ice water. It has nothing to do with bloat,” said Animal Charity Humane Society employee Shalyse Bolash. “What harms them is the over-indulgence of water. When they start lapping up a big bowl of water, that is going to fill up their bellies. That is when you start to have the bloat issues.”

Anyone concerned about their dog experiencing bloat should talk to their veterinarian.


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