Can ice water for dogs actually be deadly?

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Is ice water actually dangerous for dogs? (FOX17)

NEW YORK (PIX11) – In the dog days of summer, ice water can be refreshing — but could it actually be potentially harmful for your pet?

A post about deadly bloating caused when hot dogs drink too much ice water has surfaced on social media thanks to the start of summer.

The blog post, “NO ICE WATER FOR DOGS . . . PLEASE READ ASAP,” is one dog owner’s account what happened after giving his dog Baran ice water.  According to the post, Baran started drooling and appeared to dry heave and choke.

After rushing the dog to the animal clinic for an emergency surgery, a veterinarian apparently blamed the shock of the cold water, “The vet explained it to me like this: If you, as a person, fall into a frozen lake what happens to your muscles? They cramp. This is the same as a dog’s stomach.”

But is ice water really potentially deadly for a dog trying to beat the heat?

According to Dr. Randall Carpenter of Family Friends Veterinary Hospital, not exactly.

“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. Carpenter told FOX17.

Bloat is a life-threatening condition that flips and enlarges the stomach.  Carpenter says he knows the post well, and that it has been circulating online since 2007.

He says that while massive quantities consumed rapidly by a desperate, dehydrated dog could cause bloat, but that’s true if the water is ice cold or at room temperature.

“Ice cubes and cold water are fine for pets as long as it’s done with some common sense,” Dr. Carpenter told the station.