Ethylene glycol (Antifreeze) is a chemical used in screen
washes, water features and car de-icers.
Cats are often attracted to antifreeze because of its sweet taste. Even licking antifreeze can induce severe kidney damage and or death. Often ingestion of antifreeze is detected once the animal has already become severely ill. The best chance of survival is if you witness the ingestion and immediately seek veterinary treatment.
Signs of poisoning can seen as quickly as 30 minutes post ingestion:
»Dyspnoea (difficulty breathing)
Do not use products containing antifreeze.
If you own antifreeze keep securely away from children and animals.
Wastage should be cleaned immediately and cats stopped from accessing area until dry.
Check your car for leaks.
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