The RSCPA has been forced to respond following a debate on dog owners feeding their pets ice cubes during warm weather after concerns were raised whether or not it’s safe. As the weather peaks in Leicester today, not only do we have to keep ourselves fully hydrated but also our pets.
Dogs can easily suffer heatstroke in just minutes and need to have their body temperature lowered gradually for the best chance of survival. Professionals in the veterinarian industry voiced their concerts after some dog owners revealed that they give their dogs ice cubes in the summer months to help cool them down.
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Some suggest that giving dogs ice on hot days can actually make them bloated, a bigger risk for larger dogs. Speaking to the Mirror the RSPCA says that giving ice to dogs is ok and even suggests giving pups all kinds of frozen goodies to keep their temperatures down.
A spokesperson for the animal rescue charity said: “The RSPCA advises freezing a dog’s water bowl or kong before putting water or fresh treats inside (to help keep them cool for longer).
“We also advise putting ice cubes into your pet’s water or making frozen treats to help cool them down.” The RSPCA also gave dog owners some advice on how to keep their dogs cool in the hot weather.
They said to give pups a damp towel to lie on or perhaps an ice pack wrapped in a towel, Dogs will probably love a paddling pool to splash around in and stay cool.
Never leave your pooch in a hot car as temperatures can quickly rise to 47C which can result in death and use a sun cream on exposed parts on your pets skin so they don’t burn.
Some vets have said they think ice could potentially cause tooth damage for dogs, so it’s a good idea to keep a watchful eye on them as they eat.
Dr Susan C Nelson, a clinical professor at the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University said to PetMD : “The larger and harder the cube, the higher the chance of this occurring.” Offering dogs smaller cubes or even ice shavings can help prevent this problem.
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