Is ice water safe for dogs?

Lots of people have asked me about the article floating around Facebook saying you’ll give your dog bloat if you give it ice water. Now a lot of my fellow vet friends and I find ourselves calming people down. No, ice water won’t kill your dog. If that logic held, then dogs would be dying left and right after getting ice chips for treats, or eating a Frosty Paws, or playing “snowball” and eating the snow. Everything’s fine in moderation.

Now, if your dog is very hot and drinks an excessive amount of water, that might cause him to vomit the water back up soon after he’s done. So, ice water or not, I wouldn’t suggest letting your dog drink a gallon of water in one sitting. Give him a little break after taking a healthy drink, then drink more.