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Posted on 11-04-2013
Animal poisoning can occur when your pet ingests even a small amount of antifreeze. Three ounces of antifreeze can kill a mid-sized dog, and a mere teaspoon could prove deadly to a cat. Protect your pets from antifreeze poisoning by taking steps to prevent this form of poisoning, and by knowing what symptoms to look for.
As the weather gets colder, many people prepare by changing the antifreeze in their cars. Dogs and cats like the taste of antifreeze and will drink it if they find it, even though it can kill them.
At Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin, we recommend preventing antifreeze ingestion if possible. Keep antifreeze in sealed containers that pets cannot access, and clean up any spilled antifreeze immediately. Dispose of your used antifreeze properly at a service station. You can also consider using antifreeze products that contain propylene glycol, which has been deemed safe by the FDA.
Do not let allow your pet to roam outside in areas where antifreeze may have been spilled. Roads, garages, driveways and gutters are risk areas for toxic antifreeze spills. Remember, even if you are conscientious about properly storing and disposing of antifreeze, your neighbors may not be.
Learn the symptoms of antifreeze poisoning so that you will know when to contact an emergency veterinarian. Antifreeze poisoning causes both cats and dogs to appear and behave as if they are drunk. They may experience nausea and vomiting, fainting, excessive urination or lack or urination, depression, weakness, and convulsions, seizures or tremors.
If your dog or cat ingests even a small amount of antifreeze, bring him to our emergency veterinarian as soon as you can. Our emergency veterinarian may induce vomiting, feed your pet charcoal, or give him medication to counteract the poisoning.
What steps do you take to protect your pet from poisoning?
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