Why Dogs Vomit After Drinking Cold Water

Cold water, especially ice-cold water, can make dogs vomit because it can make the dog’s stomach muscles contract and become tight. The tightness could inhibit the stomach’s ability to digest and process the food and fluids which, in turn, can lead to vomiting and other mild digestive symptoms.

The temperature difference between the cold water and the dog’s digestive tract is also quite significant. The sudden change in temperature can cause havoc in the dog’s body and result in nausea and vomiting.

According to one study, dogs do have a preference when it comes to the temperature of drinking water. Just like us, dogs may also prefer a cool drink after a long day out in the sun. Unfortunately, cold water might not always be the best choice for them in such cases and it may be better to offer your dog water with a neutral temperature.

Ice cubes and frozen treats (e.g. frozen fruits and ice lollies) may also have the same effect if dogs were to consume them. Be more cautious the next time you try and feed your dog something that’s ice-cold! The reality is that you should stop letting your dog drink cold water if vomiting is a normal consequence.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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