It is generally fine to give your dog small amounts of ice
24th Jul 2019
Giving dogs ice in hot weather causes them to overheat.
It is generally fine to give your dog ice. If they appear to have heat stroke, cool them slowly without using ice and call the vet.
The post claims that ice cubes actually cause dogs to heat up by triggering the canine’s anterior hypothalamus. (The anterior hypothalamus is a part of the brain that controls the body’s temperature regulation, among other things.) Supposedly, the dog thus overheats and can become ill and die.
However, if your dog is already exhibiting signs of heatstroke—which include excessive panting or drooling, vomiting or collapsing—then do not give them ice, either to eat or placed on their skin. Instead, you should cool them gently to avoid shock and take them to a vet.
This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as mixture as it is generally fine to give your dogs ice, although it should be avoided if they show symptoms of heatstroke.