As the hot summer months come into play, people need to make sure that their animals and home pets stay hydrated and cool. An article and information has been going around lately that you ice water isn't good for dogs and it should be kept away from them at all costs. Well, some animal lovers and experts took this into consideration and decided to find out the truth, per WGNO on June 19, 2014.
To be brutally honest, the information being passed around is that dogs can even die from drinking too much ice water. The article looks extremely real and informative and even appears to bring some science into the fact that ice water isn't good for dogs.
Some veterinarians have said that this article actually seems "very legitimate" and details the harm that ice water could do to dogs. In a nutshell, it states that giving dogs any amount of ice water on a hot day could cause the dog to bloat and die from spasms.
For some reason, this urban myth continues to come to light every single year and it's actually been around since 2005 or 2006.
The article being passed around is from 2010, but the urban myth that ice water is bad for dogs has been going on a bit longer.
While bloating is a true situation for dogs and one that can be life-threatening, it isn't one that needs to be seen as a constant concern. Dr. Randall Carpenter of Family Friends Veterinary Hospital says it is true if a dog drinks a large amount of water that is any temperature.
“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 explained. “Ice cubes and cold water are fine for pets as long as it’s done with some common sense.”
The ailment of bloating and causing death in a dog is called gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) is very serious and should be taken as such. People need to watch for this in their dogs, but at all times and not just during the hotter months.
Not just from ice water either.
Numerous research writings prove that it is more likely to happen by a dog ingesting too much water too quickly while swallowing a large amount of air at the same time.
Veterinarians and researchers believe its perfectly fine to give your dogs ice water. What they want pet-owners to pay attention to is just how much water their dogs drink. Don't allow your dogs drink too much ice water (or any temperature water) too quickly or all at once time.
Make sure to keep your dogs cool, but watch them and make sure they're alright. Simple enough.
Showing concern for your dogs is one thing, but the idea that "ice water is deadly for dogs" shouldn't be passed off as direct science. Know all of the information before frightening everyone.