Dear Porky and Buddy,
My neighbor got all upset with me yesterday because he saw me putting antifreeze in my car in my driveway and a little bit spilled on the ground and I didn’t have time to clean it up as I was late for work. He started yelling at me about antifreeze killing pets, blah, blah, blah and the upshot was that I cleaned it up to make him stop and I was late for work. Why would an animal lick up antifreeze? Is he just a nut bucket?
We have no idea whether your neighbor is a nut bucket, but if he is, this is not the reason why.
The short answer is that conventional antifreeze, with ethylene glycol as the main ingredient, is both sweet tasting with an inviting aroma and deadly.
Some manufacturers voluntarily add a bittering agent to make it less appealing but the bottom line is that it is dangerous to pets (and children) and should be treated very carefully.
There are some brands of antifreeze made with propylene glycol instead which is less toxic and has an inherently bitter taste.
We recommend that pet owners switch to one of those brands.
But all antifreeze should be stored carefully in containers that will not leak and out of reach of both pets and children and all spills should be cleaned up immediately.
Remember that dogs eat poop . . . so what’s a little bitterness in the antifreeze?
Seriously, even a small amount of ethylene glycol can cause serious illness and even death.
If you think that has happened with your pet, get him to your vet IMMEDIATELY!
The early signs of antifreeze poisoning, which can last several hours, include disorientation, grogginess, lethargy and lack of coordination.
Those first few hours are critical.
The second phase, which can last for several days, includes vomiting, oral and gastric ulcers and eventually coma and death.
Don’t let that happen.
The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.
Our office has relocated to 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.
Phone: (315) 207-1070.
Email: [email protected]
Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other!
And speaking of people and pets, the annual Home 4 the Holidays Celebration is December 6 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Oswego Moose Lodge, 134 W. Oneida St.
Pets to adopt, sweets and baked goods and used books to buy, all to help you get through the winter, and animal organizations to meet.
Pet photos with Santa.
No admission charge – just a lot of fun!