Warning: Deadly Dangers of Antifreeze

Monday, January 16, 2012 - 2:15pm

Brr…winter’s chill may have settled in your neighborhood, but Fido still needs to go out for walks. Please take it slow, pet parents, and keep your eyes open for suspicious puddles.

ASPCA poison control experts warn that the toxic dangers of antifreeze can turn a simple stroll into a devastating event for our furry friends. Used to protect cars from extreme temperatures, antifreeze contains ethylene glycol, a colorless and odorless alcohol known for its sweet taste.

“Antifreeze is a serious safety concern for both cats and dogs,” says Mindy Bough, Vice President of Operations for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. “Unfortunately, just a few licks can cause kidney failure and death in a matter of days—even a small amount that may be licked off a paw is enough to cause serious harm.”

As always, if you suspect your pet has consumed a toxic substance, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

For a full list of cold weather tips, visit our pet care section.