Avoid Antifreeze Poisoning in Dogs & Cats
Call Your WNY Emergency Vet if Your Pet Is Showing These Symptoms
With this freezing weather in Buffalo, pet owners must be extra careful with their pets. One of the most common forms of poisoning among animals in Western New York is antifreeze ingestion. If you think your animal has possibly ingested antifreeze please call us immediately. It is easy for a dog or cat to simply lap up antifreeze off the ground or garage floor, so it is important to keep a close watch over the chemical.
Ethylene glycol is found in antifreeze, engine coolant, and hydraulic brake fluids. It is considered lethal to dogs and cats. Less than 3 ounces (88 ml) of antifreeze is enough to poison the dogs brain, liver, and kidneys.
Some common signs of antifreeze poisoning in dogs and cats include:
- Drunken behavior
- Wobbly, uncoordinated movement
- Excessive urination
- Rapid heart beat
- Seizures/Convulsions/Shaking tremors
If your dog or cat is experiencing any of the following symptoms, the first step is contacting an emergency veterinarian. Just call us at Veterinary Emergency Clinic and we will answer during nights and weekends if your regular vet isn’t available.
Antifreeze poisoning can be avoided with a few simple precautions:
- Keep all antifreeze containers closed tightly, and stored within a pet-safe cabinet out of reach.
- Avoid spilling antifreeze at all times, immediately clean any spill
- Check your vehicle for leaks in the driveway, and especially in your garage.
- Do not allow your dog or cat to wander around areas where fluids could be leaking from automobiles.
- Look for antifreeze with propylene glycol, which is an ingredient that replaces ethylene glycol, and is much less toxic.
Always give us a call if your animal is experiencing any symptoms, as we can answer your questions and give you insight on what to do in case of emergency.
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