January 2011 Issue

Antifreeze Dangers: Deadly Serious

The prognosis for recovery becomes progressively worse by the hour, so recognize the signs — and how to keep your pets safe.

As you cope with the frigid temperatures that come with winter, you may make it a habit of adding antifreeze to the radiator of your automobile. This substance—a bright green, syrupy chemical called ethylene glycol—serves to lower the freezing point of water and will certainly help to keep your car running smoothly throughout the colder months. Keep in mind, however, that ethylene glycol, if ingested by your cat, can prove deadly within a matter of days if the animal does not undergo prompt and expert veterinary treatment to get it out of its system.

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