Vet fires back over ‘no ice water for dogs’ Facebook post

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It’s an article that’s going viral across the web and terrifying pet owners.

The blog post, NO ICE WATER FOR DOGS… PLEASE READ ASAP, discusses one dog’s near deadly encounter.

You’ve probably had the story show up in your Facebook timeline or an email from a friend, so FOX 17 talked to a local vet to see how true the post really is.

“On the internet circulating right now is a story that seems very legitimate of a dog developing bloat after consuming ice cubes and water,” Dr. Randall Carpenter, DMV of Family Friends Veterinary Hospital said.

It’s the story of a dog who almost dies after his owner gives him ice water, claiming the cold water caused the dog to bloat.

Dr. Carpenter says bloats are life-threatening situations that actually flips the stomach while enlarging it.

He says he’s seen the viral post scaring dog owners since 2007, and it just recently made a comeback on social media.

“If the dog is overheated and dehydrated, and desperate for fluids and they consume huge, huge amounts of ice cubes or water all at one time, it could create a situation where the dog could bloat,” Dr. Carpenter said.

But that’s true for large amounts of any temperature water, he added.

He says just consuming cold water or ice cubes in moderation will not cause bloat, saying ice cubes and water when the weather is hot is a good thing.

Though the article seems very real, even scientific enough to scare the most educated pet owner, the findings behind it are simply false.

“Ice cubes and cold water are fine for pets as long as it’s done with some common sense,” Dr. Carpenter said.

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  • duke

    The internet: mankind finally creates something that allows BS to travel at the speed of light. See this is what you get. Always take anything you read on FB – especially in FB, with a grain of salt.

  • Lisa Vires

    I have always given my pom ice water and my mom has always given them ice water during the hot months of the year
    they like it just like we like a cold drink when it’s hot my dog is like one of my kids and i would never do anything to hurt either of them

  • Tina Gentilini

    All my dogs have had ice in there water and we have never had a problem and most of my dogs have lived to be 15 and 18 yrs old my current dog won’t drink unless there is ice in her water . So thanks for the update.. everything in moderation..<3

  • Pat

    You can have bloat without the stomach flipping!
    When the stomach flips… It’s called bloat with torsion, not just bloat.

  • Sandra Dee Gawel

    when in doubt or even when you’re not in doubt…check SNOPES.COM !!!! People can be gullible but in certain situations it is dangerous to believe everything yo
    u read…use your bran for something other than weighing your head down on the pillow at night

    • j

      My whole family gives our dogs all year round. My dogs like eat it. They thinkiit’s a treat. :) Nothing has ever happened to them b/c of it.

  • Heather

    Considering most people dont use common sense in their daily activities i would rather spread awareness for the pets sake!

  • sharon

    Ice isn’t good for the tooth enamel for humans nor dogs but you certainly don’t want to cool down a hot dog with ice water, Bring the body heat down gradually or you’ll have a huge vet bill! A cool washcloth on the belly area is way better for a hot dog and vacate to an A/C place. Just my opine

  • Tiffany

    Listen, if you are not a veterinarian and did not go to school and obtain your license to be a veterinarian, it does not matter what your opinion or your “experience” is. Every animal and every situation is different. If you as a pet owner are truely concerned, contact your vet for advice. I work in the field as a certified veterinary technician and I’m so tired of seeing owners come in saying, ” I looked this up on google.” Or ” thats not what my breeder told me.” Truth is, we aren’t out to “nickel and dime” you, we are just as broke with more debt from schooling than you can imagine and we do what we do Because we love it. If you are unsure, call your vet. Reading things you are not sure about, no matter how believable they sound, does not mean to trust them.

  • Jessica

    My dogs love ice water hot day or not. Sometime it is simply a firm of entertainment playing with the cubes in the bowl. One of my dogs comes running when she hears the ice maker on the fridge gear up to spit out ice because she’ll demand a piece to eat every time. Never has it made her sick.

  • Jayme Bales

    My beloved dog Chuck Norris Jr died a couple months ago from bloat. It happened right after he had some treats and drank some (not cold) water. He was a large mastiff and has a tendency to inhale his food and gulp his water. It happened so quickly…. He was only 5 years old, gone too soon. Bloat is real, it happens so fast and is so completely heart wrenching to see happen to something you consider a family member… Apparently it is one the most common causes death for barrel chested dogs. Love your pets and treat them well, because you know now when your last moment with them will be…

  • Sabra

    When I read the ice water thing, as a nurse, I thought it was a bunch of hooey. I know how bloat is caused, and it makes no difference if it is cold or not. My big lab gulped up half a bowl of water (room temperature water) after I brought him home from the boarding facility and developed bloat shortly there after. Luckily I knew what it was and got him to the ER vet soon after and he had corrective surgery. It is much more important for dog owners of high risk category dogs (big barrel chested) to monitor the speed of the food and water intake carefully and slow it down if needed. And to try to keep them calm after eating and drinking a lot.