With temperatures expected to rise to 28°or more over the next couple days, here’s some great advice about dogs, and whether to use ice, or not
Now then, dogs and ice cubes: Yes or No? Let’s dispel some of the myths.
The weather has really warmed up over the last few days, and is set to stay that way for a while longer. This has meant a lot of mixed messages being shared over social media.
Do NOT walk dogs in the heat – TRUE
Do NOT leave dogs in hot cars – TRUE
Do NOT give your dog ice cubes/frozen treats – FALSE
Are ice cubes or frozen treats/Kongs harmful for our dogs?
The simple answer is: No, they aren’t.
One post that I see frequently shared with regards to ice cubes and frozen treats is well-meaning but a little misleading.
As is what usually happens with these things, the original poster unfortunately misinterpreted what was said by the vet and, when recounting the advice, missed a crucial element of the advice – that the advice was specific to dogs who are experiencing hyperthermia/heatstroke.
Some signs of heatstroke are:
- excessive, vigorous panting
- dark red, sticky/tacky gums
Safe cooling methods:
- stand the dog in cool/tepid water
- wipe the dog’s paws, abdomen, armpits and neck with a wet cloth, refresh and repeat.
- use a fan/air con
Priority should always be to get the dog to the vet as a matter of urgency.
I will say it again as I did over the weekend, no dogs have died from missing a walk but heatstroke can be fatal – I know of two cases in the North West in as many days.
Prevention is the best option. Why not try some fun training or enrichment in the garden, play in a paddling pool, eat some tasty, frozen snacks or just chill out in front of the fan!
Stay safe out there