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icecubes1Summer is coming. It is going to get HOT. We will get lots of questions about keeping our dogs bulldogandice1comfortable.
One of those questions is: "Is ice water or ice cubes OK for my dog?"

YES and NO .... Well at least that is a balanced answer... Like many subjects there are always exceptions to everything. So it is with ice water and ice cubes...Search on the internet about giving your dog ice water or ice cubes, you'll find a lot of conflicting information.

 I know plenty of dog owners that do give ice water and ice cubes on hot days. In fact they are given ice cubes all year long. I was surprised by the number of warnings issued about risks. So before the ice melts I want to get that out of the way. So I have decided to give you my opinion...“Ice cubes and cold water are fine for pets all year, as long as it’s done with some common sense,”


First here is what others have commented from various sites just to let you understand some of the conflict...

Disclaimer NOTE: No names are used because I did not contact these persons for their permission to use their names. These came from several different websites. These comments are from 2007 to summer 2014. The are used to demonstrate the confusion and conflicts that are still out going on. 
icecubetray1Anonymous 1 said...This in another Internet myth! If you do enough research, you will find that ALL the info on NOT giving dogs ice/ice water, all stem from that single story of the dog owner at the dog show. No other information other than that story will back up those claims. It is fine to give your dog ice :)
Anonymous 2 said...Just in case, right or wrong, myth or fact. Regular water, shade and cool towels in the groin, are good enough for me and my dog. I don't want to be in the position where I have to say, WHY DID I DO IT? You guys fight it out. I will make a simple change, no big deal.

We ask any of our friends that are Veterinarians or vet techs to weight in and help clarify this subject.

(Factors that may contribute to an increased risk of bloat include "feeding only one meal a day, familial history of bloat, rapid eating, moistening dry foods, elevated feeders, restricting water before and after a meal, dry diet with animal fat in first four ingredients" and sometimes age.)

Okay with all of that out of the way would you like some great ideas on what to put into those ice cubes?

From our BTN article files...

Watermelon good for my dog?


This recipe for dog treats also makes a nice smoothie drink. Serve as is for a hydrating treat, or to secretly add liquid dog vitamins and supplements to your dogs daily diet.

frozen recipe for dog treats


4 cups plain yogurt, low or fat free

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter, natural and salt free is preferred
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Stir all of the ingredients together into a medium bowl.

  1. Pour into a blender, and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour the smoothie into ice cube trays and freeze.

Storing - This recipe for dog treats, if frozen into smoothie pops, will last for 6 months or more in the freezer. You can keep the smoothie in it's liquid form, but keep it refrigerated for about a week.
Yield - Using a 1/2 inch ice cube tray, you will make 32 PB & J Smoothie dog treats.Tips & Techniques

  • Peanut Butter - If you use natural peanut butter, as the recipe calls for, it will be cold from the refrigerator. You will need to warm it up first, before adding it to the smoothie. Let the jar sit on the counter while you measure the other ingredients. Or, measure the amount and warm it in the microwave for 5 seconds.
  • Berries - Substitute other berries, like strawberry, raspberry or a mixed variety. Or, if fresh berries are not in season, you can use frozen berries.
  • Ice Cube Trays - You can find an endless variety of seasonal ice cube trays. Pictured above I used a heart shaped tray for my lovey-dovey taste testers. Match the tray to the season, or to the theme of your next dog party.
  • For Humans - Your two-legged family members may want a taste. These homemade dog treats are quite tart, so most humans may not care for it. Add sugar, honey, or other natural sweetener to taste, and you can enjoy these Peanut Butter and Jelly smoothie pops, too!

You will want to make this recipe for dog treats if your dog needs liquid dog vitamins and supplements, since they will not easily be detected. Or, make this recipe for a refreshing treat when it's hot, or just for a change of pace from the normal dog biscuit recipe. You'll love the ease of preparation, and your dog will love the taste.eggcartencubes

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