Winter Pet Hazards: Antifreeze Poisoning
With winter being in full swing, there are some things you need to be aware of to keep your pets safe through the winter months! The next few weeks, we will be providing you with some tips to help keep your furry family members out of harm’s way.
Your pets may be more likely to be exposed to hazardous chemicals in the winter months. Antifreeze and wiper fluids contain toxins that can be poisonous or deadly to your pets. Ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in most antifreeze products, has a sweet flavor and aroma, which may be inviting to animals. According to the Humane Society, only a few tablespoons can jeopardize an animal’s life. Follow these tips to protect your pets from antifreeze poisoning:
- Definitely keep antifreeze out of reach of children and animals.
- Consider switching to an antifreeze product containing propylene glycol, a chemical ingredient that is less toxic than ethylene glycol. It also has a bitter taste that is less appealing.
- Clean up spills and fix any leaks immediately.
- If you are in the habit of letting your pets wander, DON’T! An unattended dog or cat could come into contact with antifreeze in a neighbor’s open garage, a driveway, or roadway.
Be aware of signs of antifreeze poisoning, like your animal becoming extremely lethargic and uncoordinated, followed by vomiting.
- If you suspect antifreeze poisoning, seek the care of a veterinarian immediately!
It’s up to you to keep your pet safe this winter. Don’t let him fall victim to antifreeze poisoning!
Feature Rescue: Gomes
Gomes is a Recycled Doggie who is about 2 1/2 years old. This Rottweiler/Shepherd mix loves to play in the yard and with other dogs his size (about 50 pounds.) He loves going on walks and singing; if you sing to him he will sing back! He enjoys attention but doesn’t need a ton of touching or petting. It ‘s like he’s very sensitive and gets overwhelmed quickly. Gomes would probably do best as a companion to a single person or couple with a quiet lifestyle. If you or someone you know might be able to provide a happily ever after for Gomes, please contact Recycled Doggies. Thank you so much to Recycled Doggies for the lovable dingos they save every day!
written by Maria, “Mama Dingo”