Vet Fires Back Over ‘No Ice Water for Dogs’ Facebook Post

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (FOX17)— 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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  • Leslie Moriarty

    i’ve dumped a 8 pound bag of ice in my dogs 15 gallon barrel every year for 6 years when it get’s up in the 90 degree’s temperature’s here in iowa and have never had any problems with any of my 5 dogs. i’m not saying it can’t happen i think it’s like chicken bones. it happened to a dog one time so it will happen all the time not true. i also give my dogs chicken bone and have never had any issue’s at all. think about it dogs out in the wild will crunch on a bird when ever they can get ahold of one. just sayin.
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  • Trish

    First off I worked animal control in Texas. Came across many over heated dogs. You give them some water. then you cool down under legs. A large dog can become bloated cuz the intestines twist if you have their food bowl on the ground they need to have the bowl up to level with the chin. Cold water does not cause bloating. If these dog showing people are that stupid not to be sure there dogs are not in a bldg. with a/c they should not be showing them. Dogs don’t sweat like humans and can become overheated very easy. And Connie to answer your question yes you can contine you to do the ice thing. But people that know the dog is going to consume enough water need to monitor the water and not let them consume so much they throw iy
    t back up. not good for the throat.

  • Rachel

    I knew that article was bs the second I read it. I give my dog ice water (in moderation) all the time because we live in South Carolina where it’s hot 24/7. He’s fine every time he drinks it.

    • Bill Rook

      We don’t have a dog- we have a cat and we have 2water bowls for her: one she gets and when that one gets “stale” I take her bowl out of the freezer than that I keep a little water in and put it in there. Besides that, Luvbug, (cats name), will pester “mommy” for ice cubes from her drink!

      • explaining regal

        The original comment from said “Dr. Regal” was posted under Connie L Viers comment. Evidently someone on WNEP got butthurt by it and deleted it. But it was a joke, maybe a little harsh to some that dont have any common sense. The person stated their title as Dr. Regal, DDS. and then told the person how much of a joke they were and advised them on what to do for the safety of themselves and the pets in their care. Which was basically put her and the pets in anyones care but her own. The only real joke of it was claiming to be a dentist and that hot sauce works better than ice cubes for overheating.

  • Kat

    How ignorant are you DR Regal. A professional would never get online and call people “retarded” well not a good professional anyways do you get your ignorance honesty or did you get that fro your Harvard education? Surely a professional such as yourself could find better wording when dealing with people….disgusting. You should be supporting people for asking for clarification and seeking out the answers from their vet.

  • Kare

    There is no “man claiming to be a vet”. There is an actual vet who has been (no pun intended) vetted by the local news as legitimate. But if a person wants to find the actual vet not ccredible a

    • JP

      Unforetunately it probably would not have mattered what the dog was given. It was likely very near the point of heat exhaustion prior to giving it the ice water. It should have been given something much sooner. Kinda like giving someone an aspirin after they’ve already hit the floor from a massive heart attack. Do not mean to lessen the loss by any means, as most of us love our pets and do treat them just as one of the kids. Hopefully that is better than what we here in the news all to often.

  • Barb

    I think Connie’s issue with this is the validity of the person claiming to be a vet…anyone can claim to be anyone in the online world, some may be who they say they are but some may not, when do you trust what you read online? I never do unless I know the person personally, I would put a call in to the proper people (in this case its a vet) to be certain. YOU would never take medical advice from the internet so why would you want to trust medical advice for your fur babies?

  • Kare

    Why are you still confused? Some random guy on the internet you know nothing about makes up a story that says this is a problem and a licensed veterinarian says it’s fine. Where is the confusion?

  • Connie L Viers

    I have always put ice cubes in my dogs water out on the deck, not their water in the house. Should I being do this or not? Really confused about this whole thing. I love my dogs and certainly don’t want to do anything to hurt them, they are my best friends along with my 3 cats.

    • Frank Jaeger

      Rapid core temperature changes can be dangerous to most animals! Know your pets. Regular and in moderation! My Beagle will gulp water down till it throws up, my Bernese mountain dog pants when it’s warmer than 20°F and drinks in small portions. Cold tap water then an ice cube to chew on!!!

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