The Heat on the Ice

By June 18, 2014Northwood Notes
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There has recently been a Facebook scare going around about giving your dog ice water (or cold water for that matter). The one article in question says that it causes GDV or “bloat” in dogs. Experts throughout the country, including specialists at MSU, all agree that cold water or ice cubes do NOT cause GDV.

Cold water can cause gasping (as it does in us), which is a respiratory response, not a gastrointestinal response. GDV’s (stomach bloat) are not caused by stomach spasms. They are caused by a much more complicated mechanism, including the exact opposite of spasms-dilation of the stomach. Even if it were possible for ice to set off such a spasm response, by the time the ice gets to the stomach it is warmed by the dog’s body heat and is not a problem at all.

The bottom line is, this is a FB scare only, written by people who are not in the veterinary field. If you choose not to give ice water, that’s completely fine. We like it and are fine. Our dogs are the same way. If you have more questions, please call us at 276-6361. Just goes to show that you can’t believe everything (or much of anything for that matter) that’s online.

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