Q. Does ice or ice water hurt a dog?
A. Ice water and ice do not hurt a dog on their own.. however, when your dog is hot/overheating/panting heavily/obviously too warm, giving them ice or ice water constricts their blood vessels and can actually cause them to overheat. It's very dangerous to give them ice water when they are suffering from heatstroke, or generally panting/hot. You should only give it to them when they're not panting/relaxed on a warm/cool day. It's okay to give it to them on a hot day, just be sure they are not too hot themselves before you give it to them.