Here at Kryder + Harr Veterinary Clinic, we’re not just committed to treating your pets when they’re feeling under the weather, we’re also passionate about empowering you with the knowledge you need to keep them healthy.
Today, we’d like to discuss a common yet potentially lethal household danger for your beloved canine companions – antifreeze.
The Dangers of Antifreeze for Dogs
Antifreeze is a necessary tool for maintaining our vehicles, particularly in the chilly Indiana winters. But, did you know that antifreeze is a deadly poison for our furry friends?
Why is Antifreeze so Dangerous?
Antifreeze contains a chemical called ethylene glycol, which is sweet-tasting but highly toxic to dogs. Even a small amount can lead to severe kidney damage, neurological issues, and in the worst cases, death. Alarmingly, dogs are often attracted to its sweet flavor, making it a significant risk in any home or garage where it is stored.
Recognizing Antifreeze Poisoning in Your Pet
As vigilant pet owners, recognizing the symptoms of antifreeze poisoning can make all the difference. Early detection is critical for effective treatment.
Symptoms of Antifreeze Poisoning in Dogs
The symptoms may initially resemble drunkenness, including staggering, vomiting, excessive thirst, panting, and lethargy. If you notice any of these signs in your pet, particularly after potential exposure to antifreeze, it’s important to act immediately.
Immediate Actions to Take if You Suspect Antifreeze Poisoning
If you suspect that your dog may have ingested antifreeze, contact Kryder + Harr Veterinary Clinic right away at (574) 277-6533. Do not try to induce vomiting unless instructed by a veterinary professional.
Importance of Immediate Veterinary Care
Prompt, professional veterinary care is essential for improving the survival rates of dogs poisoned by antifreeze. At Kryder + Harr Veterinary Clinic, our dedicated team is experienced in treating such emergencies and is available to help your pet in their time of need.
Preventing Antifreeze Poisoning: Tips for Pet Owners
Prevention, as always, is better than cure. The good news is that antifreeze poisoning is preventable.
Safe Storage of Antifreeze and Other Household Toxins
Store antifreeze and other toxic substances out of reach of your pets, ideally in a locked cabinet. Always clean up any spills immediately and thoroughly. Consider switching to a pet-safe antifreeze product – these are readily available and contain a bittering agent to deter pets from drinking.
Antifreeze Poisoning in Dogs Can Be Prevented
To summarize, antifreeze poisoning is a serious concern for dog owners, but with vigilance and prevention, it can be avoided. If you have more questions or need professional veterinary help, don’t hesitate to contact us at (574) 277-6533.
Remember, the best pet parent is an informed one. Let’s work together to ensure the safety and well-being of your loyal companions here in Granger, IN. Stay tuned for more pet health tips from Kryder + Harr Veterinary Clinic – your partners in pet care!
Welcome to Kryder & Harr Veterinary Clinic! Our animal hospital has been a fixture in the Granger community since 1981, practicing full-service veterinary medicine for all our pet parents and their furry family members. At KHVC, we pride ourselves on our history, of providing excellent customer service for our clients, along with dedicated, compassionate, and exceptional medical care for all of our patients.