An article is going viral across the web and it is terrifying pet owners. But is it real?
It's titled, “No ice water for dogs please read ASAP.”
It's probably shown up on your Facebook timeline or in an email from a friend, making pet owners question their parenting practices.
It's the story of a dog that almost dies after his owner gives him ice water, claiming the cold water caused the dog to 'bloat.'
“Bloats are life-threatening situations where the stomach will actually flip, and gets bigger and bigger and bigger and can be a life-threatening situation,” said Dr. Randall Carpenter of Family Friends Veterinary Hospital.
He says the story and associated fears are false.
He's seen the viral post scaring dog owners since 2007, and it’s recently making a comeback on social media.
He said if the dog is overheated and dehydrated, 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.
But that goes for large amounts of water at any temperature.
“Just consuming cold water or ice cubes in moderation will not cause bloat,” he said. “So, consumption of 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.”