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(06/19/14) - There is a good chance you, or someone you know, has seen a warning about putting ice cubes in your dogs water. The report has gone viral online, and it's leaving pet owners concerned - and confused.
We wanted to get to the bottom of this for you.
Like so many others, ABC12's Jamie Ward came across the article, being shared like crazy by her friends and family on Facebook.
Deadly consequences for putting ice cubes in your dogs water bowl? The report is shocking dog owners all over, but a veterinarian at Eascor Animal Hospital says we have nothing to worry about.
Dr. Kathy Remsberg, is debunking the myth. She's seen the article. It's gone viral on social media, and claims that giving your dog ice water on a summer day lead to deadly bloating and spasms. It sites a real-life case, but the medical facts just aren't there.
"I've never seen a dog ill from having cold water," Remsberg said.
If it were true, wouldn't dogs who drink from ice cold ponds, puddles, and lakes during the colder months be in big trouble?
This veterinarian has actually encouraged dog owners to put ice cubes in the water bowl.
"When they say, 'Oh my dog loves it,' I say, 'Well then put it in. The more they drink, the better,'" she said.
We aren't the only ones looking for clarification after seeing the online report. Eascor Animal Hospital has already received calls from pet owners. The staff here is glad they are calling. The trouble is when they don't call.
It turns out, the Internet tends to make Dr. Remsberg's job harder.
"Always. We get that often. You see your dog coughing, or choking, you run to the Internet. You don't know who is writing that," Remsberg said.
Pet owners mistakenly taking advice from online sources that lead them astray.
This isn't the first time that an Internet report has caused a stir in the pet community. Pregnant women have come to her believing they need to get rid of their cats after reading reports online.
The bottom line is, if you are concerned, call your vet.
There are plenty of things that can be toxic to your dog, like Chocolate, onions, garlic, apple seeds and grapes - but ice cubes are not on the list.