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I've always given Spark ice cubes on hot days going back many years but a recent post I saw on social media has me confused. The post says...


From a vet:

I'm with animal clients this morning. A visiting dog to the neighbours of my last client died overnight. 

PLEASE do NOT give your dogs ice cubes or other frozen items in the heat to cool them down! Ice cubes do not cool dogs down! I post this warning more than once every summer. 

Giving ice cubes to dogs in the heat has the opposite effect of cooling. The canine anterior hypothalamus is triggered to warm up the body because it recognises something icy cold has been absorbed, and subsequently the bodily temperature rises to compensate for this. In extreme heat a dogs' temperature needs to be reduced gradually. 

Sadly the above is the case in the dog mentioned above, just 7 years old. 

Give dogs tepid water only. Tepid water soaked towels rubbed into the dogs fur close to the skin to wick away heat from the body will keep them cool, especially under forelegs (armpits) and pads. NOT ICE CUBES

I would be interested if anybody else has any opinion or factual info on this.


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