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GRANBYsyztem 04-27-2014 03:46 PM

Licking ice?
 
Just wondering if this could be harmful. I take all the crumbs from his kibble, biscuits, and other snacks, mix it with a little bit of water/chicken broth, throw in a tiny piece of chicken and freeze them into ice cubes. I usually just give them to him as treats and he crunches right through it. He's 4 months and I THINK starting to teeth. But sometimes I stuff it into his Kong toy and he'll lick at it til its small enough to fall out. Just wondering, is it potentially harmful for him to lick at the ice for, say.. 5-10 minutes? Im Just thinking... if i were to lick an ice cube for 10 minutes, my tongue would get pretty sore!

Mary Beth 04-27-2014 05:45 PM

What a great idea you have for a puppy treat! I wouldn't worry about the cold. If it bothered him, he would stop.

Harry and Lola 04-27-2014 05:49 PM

I do this often in the summer, get a very small bowl, put something yummy in it with water and freeze, then on a really hot day give to them outside and they love it.

SunCzarina 04-27-2014 06:02 PM

He'd still enjoy ice without all the hooplah of mixing things into it. For his teething, you can make a frozen teething rag out of an old dishtowel. Wet, rung out and frozen. Recyclable.

cethlen1621 04-28-2014 04:06 AM

I'd think licking the ice is ok for a bit but the chewing would be more comfortable. For younger pups maybe more a slushy style? I know our 5-ish year old GSD loves crunching regular sized ice cubes and munching fresh clean snow when warm.

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volcano 04-28-2014 04:24 AM

The worst thing would be brain freeze! If you give him brain freeze take a video.:eek:

scarfish 04-28-2014 07:49 AM

we always freeze peanut butter in our dogs kongs so it lasts 10X longer. i'm sure frozen peanut butter is just as cold as ice. never had a problem.

scarfish 04-28-2014 07:51 AM

our dogs also like to sniff and lick ice in he backyard during winter when a past snowfal has turned to ice after slightly melting and re-freezing. we don't allow this 'cause they scrape their noses up pretty bad.

sehrgutcsg 04-28-2014 09:02 AM

Isabella loves her ice cubes. She is at the freezer door every time the door is opened. I tried to freeze some chicken broth, just to add to food mix. It did not work well for me, maybe it just stuck to the ice tray, I don't know.

When a dog is dehydrated and the dog is drinking and then throwing up, you can put them on an IV at the vet for $200.00 per day, or get them a shot of IV solution in the neck, a big softball sized lump that goes away in 6 hours and give the dog an entire tray of ice cubes. Ice saved me hundreds of dollars, an old trick to keep them from drinking too fast..

GRANBYsyztem 04-30-2014 04:29 AM

Thanks, I'll definitely have to try the frozen rag (though i might adjust fire and go with freezing one of his smaller beat up plush toys hahah, he's JUST starting to figure out whats his and whats not.. I dont want him to start thinking all the towels and rags in the house are his too!)

And yea, he goes crazy for regular ice cubes too (I usually just use the ones i make specifically for high value reward, when hes going to be in his crate a long time or after i blow him with the HV dryer. He gets REALLY excited about them) -_- Every time im at the fridge and dispense ice, he hears the sounds and comes running, drops right into a down position, puts his head down and looks up at me. I can never resist. I fear the day he gets tall enough and figures out getting ice out of the freezer is as easy as putting his paw on the big giant button.....

But thanks for the feedback! I'll keep ice on the menu ;) In moderation of course!


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