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Is ice or ice water dangerous for dogs?

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You may have recently seen a Facebook post being shared on social media claiming that it can be deadly to give your dog ice or ice water. But there is no truth to the claim.

The post states that by giving your dog ice or ice water on a hot day it can cause it to die from bloating and spasms.

We went straight to a local veterinarian to see if this rumor is true.

Dr. Kimberly Nelson of the Greenwich Valley Veterinary Clinic said causes for bloat in dogs are multi-faceted including genetics and extreme exercise right after a meal.  Giving your dog icy cold water or ice cubes are not scientifically proven causes of bloat.  

"It's probably best to give your dog cool or room temperature water for hydration any day, having water available at all times on hot days. Ice can fracture teeth, but that and ice water do not cause bloat,"said Dr. Nelson.

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