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No, your dog isn't going to die from drinking ice water

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LAS VEGAS — It's a blog post circulating on Facebook that is causing major concern for pet owners — except none of it is true.

"NO ICE WATER FOR DOGS…PLEASE READ ASAP" explains one dog's near-death experience after eating ice cubes.

"(It's) a story that seems very legitimate of a dog developing bloat after consuming ice cubes and water," Dr. Randall Carpenter, a Michigan veterinarian told WXMI-TV. 

In the blog post, the dog reportedly almost dies after given ice water to cool off — claiming cold water caused the dog to become bloated.

“If the dog is overheated and dehydrated, and desperate for fluids and they consume huge, huge amounts of ice cubes or water all at one time, it could create a situation where the dog could bloat,” Carpenter told the TV station.

That part is true — but actually has nothing to do with temperature of the water, Carpenter said.

In fact, cold water or ice cubes are a good thing, especially when it's hot outside.

“Ice cubes and cold water are fine for pets as long as it’s done with some common sense."

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