It's an article that's going viral online, and terrifying pet owners everywhere. You've probably seen the story on your Facebook timeline or read it in an email. The blog post titled, "NO ICE WATER FOR DOGS", tells one pup's near death experience with ice cubes and water.
The article claims giving your dog ice can lead to a disease called Gastric Dilatation Volvulus, or commonly known as GDV. The rare disease flips the dog's stomach while enlarging it, eventually causing death.
But Tom Bruning, a local veterinarian, says the article has it all wrong. GDV is often a hereditary disease, most commonly found in bigger dogs like Great Danes and Labradors.
"That's another rumor being circulated, by what we like to call Dr. Google, online that is not true", said Bruning.
Bruning says feeding your dog ice or ice water on a hot day is one of the best ways to keep them cool. He even suggests freezing a few of their toys to lick and play with.
Here are a few more tips to keeping your furry friend nice and cool:
**Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to the tips of their ears and bridge of the nose. Make sure to pick a sunscreen that doesn't contain PABA.
**Give them one ounce of water a day for each pound your dog weighs.
**Be mindful of your dog around plants, because dogs are especially susceptible to plant-based irritants.
**Never, ever leave your dog in a hot or warm car.
**Talk to your vet about the perfect diet for your active pet to match the requirements of their daily exercise routine.