Pets from Accidental Antifreeze Exposure
the right antifreeze for your vehicle may be an important choice,
but choosing the right one to fit your lifestyle is equally significant.
If you have pets, you must be cautious when handling antifreeze/coolant.
Accidental ingestion can have serious consequences, says Roberta
a small amount of antifreeze can be deadly to animals. Yet often
the symptoms of antifreeze poisoning - which include a drunken appearance,
staggering, lack of coordination and disorientation - don't show
up until hours later. That's why prevention is the best course of
David Staudacher is a veterinarian with Veterinary Medical Associates
in Canton, Connecticut. He says, "Handling antifreeze properly
is crucial to your pet's health. Maintain your cooling system to
eliminate leaks, clean up any spills immediately, store unused antifreeze
away from the reach of animals and children, and use a lower toxicity
propylene glycol-based antifreeze. A product like Prestone LowTox
Antifreeze/Coolant provides an added margin of safety in the event
of accidental ingestion."
Staudacher says, if you even suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze,
you must get it to a veterinarian immediately. The
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline can also give you
The number is 888-426-4435