I’ve seen the a post going around Facebook quite a bit over the past couple of days. Interestingly, this rumor has been making the rounds to dog lovers everywhere since 2007.
The post talks about how an owner, showing her dog gave him ice to cool down. After just a few minutes the dog began to bloat and almost died. According to the blog post, the vet told the owner she was VERY lucky as giving ice cubes can cause a dog’s internal organs and stomach muscles to spasm leading to GDV, a very serious condition that can lead to death.
Since we live in a ‘culture of fear’ and ‘take it as it is’ (if it’s on the internet it MUST be true), I had to check it out for myself as it didn’t just seem right.
According to Snopes, this information is absolutly false. Turns out it’s not the cold (and subsequent stomach muscle spasms) that could cause the GDV but rather consuming large amounts of water too quickly. If your dog is hot or has been running hard, before you let them gulp down large amounts of water (introducing air internally) you’ll want to walk them for a good 10 – 15 minutes to not only help stretch and cool-down the muscles but it gives the dog a chance to cool it’s temperature down as well.
Always good to double check your facts! Will it kill your dog if you were to stop giving them ice cubes? Absolutely not. No reason not to err on the side of caution if you’re still unsure, but it’s best tot be informed and not spread information in the ‘name of fear’. We all want the best for our four legged family members!
Click the links below to read both the original blog post that’s been going around as well as the Snope.com fact check. If you’re not into Snopes I’ve provided a few other links as well!