GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WXMI/CNN) – An article is going viral across the web and terrifying pets owners is entitled "No ice water for dogs please read ASAP."
But is it for real?
"On the internet circulating right now is a story that seems very legitimate of a dog developing bloat after consuming ice cubes and water," DVM Family Friends Veterinarian Hospital Dr. Randal Carpenter.
It's probably shown up after shown up on your Facebook timeline or in an email from a friend, making pet owners do double takes and questioning their pet parenting practices.
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."
"Bloats are life-threatening situations where the stomach will actually flip and gets bigger and bigger," Carpenter said.
Carpenter said the story and associated fears are false. He's seen the viral post scaring dog owners since 2007. Just recently, the message is making a comeback on social media.
"If the dog is overheated, dehydrated and desperate for fluids and they consume huge, huge amounts of ice cubes or water all at one time and if that were to occur, it could create a situation where the dog could bloat," Carpenter said.
But that goes for large amounts of any temperature water.
"Just consumer cold water or ice cubes in moderation will not cause bloat," Carpenter 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," Carpenter said.
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