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Dogs Eating Ice: Crunchy or Life Threatening?

safe for dogs to eat ice

safe for dogs to eat iceThere has been a lot of misinformation about letting your dog eat ice. Some people say that it can kill them and others say that it is fine. So which is it?

The long and short of it is that it is totally fine for your dog to eat ice. There is nothing inherently dangerous about your dog chewing on ice. Many dogs think that ice is a fine treat. The bigger issue is cooling your dog down too quickly.

If your pet has become over heated, giving them ice or ice water is not a good idea. Letting an overheated dog sit in ice water will cause the capillaries on their skin to close and prevent their internal organs from cooling down. If your dog is hot it is best to cool them down with a damp towel. Once they start to cool off, give them some cool water to drink.

If your dog is too hot and is drinking too fast they may ingest a lot of air. This can cause bloating in their stomach which may cause some stomach upset or even a twisted gut. If they are drinking too fast, remove the water and help them cool down by walking or with a cool wet towel.

As far as giving your dog ice, that is fine. The only danger is to their teeth. Chewing on ice can cause their teeth to chip, so keep an eye out for that. So if your pup find a nice icicle, as long as it is clean, go ahead and let him chew on it. It could be a cold but fun treat.

Snow Blindness in Dogs

We are in the heart of winter! It is time to go skiing up on Sandia Mountain. Don’t forget how much fun snow shoeing or hiking with your dog is as well! When people go outside to play in the snow, we are acutely aware of how bright the snow can be on our eyes. […]

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Cats Without Tails

short tail cats

Though it seems strange, there are cats that are born with out tails or with super short tails. The 2 primary breeds that are known for short tails are Manx cats and American Bobtails. Though some people say they are bred to have short tails or that people cut them off at birth, this is […]

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8 Pet Safety Tips for the Christmas Tree

Nothing ruins the holidays like an emergency trip to the vet. Follow these tips to keep your pets safe during the holidays. If you notice excessive vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy or dehydration in your pet, call your vet. It is better to check it out and make sure that they didn’t sneak in a dinner of […]

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Pet Photo’s with Santa!

It is that time of year again and Pet Photo’s with Santa is back! Santa could not wait to come back to Albuquerque Vetco and spend time with all the good little cats and dogs. ┬áSanta will be at Vetco on Menaul from 2- 5pm on Saturday December 6th. He will be joined by Coyote […]

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4 Fall Pet Safety Tips

It is fully fall in New Mexico. Here are some pet safety tips to keep your pet safe as the weather gets chilly. A fur coat does not mean warmth! Though a heavy fur coat on your pet may make them hot in the summer, it might not be enough to keep them warm in […]

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