Yes, dogs can safely eat small amounts of ice cubes - in fact, they may provide some health benefits.
Ice cubes, since they're water, can help with hydration, which is helpful for every living organism. They can also cool your dog down on hot days. Dogs don't sweat as much as humans, so offering them an icy snack can help lower their body temperature and keep them comfortable during hot weather.
Placing ice cubes in your dog's water bowl can also be a refreshing way to encourage them to drink, especially during warmer weather. Just make sure you don't make the water too cold.
You can even create unique ice cubes using frozen or bone broth instead of plain water. This will keep your dog cool and hydrated while adding extra nutrients to their diet.
For smaller breeds or dogs that tend to gulp their food, ice cubes could become a choking hazard. Offering your dog ice chips or crushed ice can be a safer alternative. While some dogs can handle chewing ice, the hardness and coldness could cause discomfort in others. Monitor your dog to make sure they're not showing distress when they enjoy their icy treat.
Ice cubes could cause dental damage if you're not careful. Larger breeds with stronger jaws might handle them better than smaller breeds. Regardless of your dog's breed, exercising moderation can help prevent choking and dental issues.
As always, consult your veterinarian before introducing a new food item into your dog's diet! If your dog eats ice cubes (or any food) and shows signs of lethargy, diarrhoea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If your dog requires veterinary care as a result of eating any unsafe foods, dog insurance can help cover the cost of treatment.