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ASPCA NAPCC warns pet owners:
Antifreeze can be deadly to pets!

The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC), an operating division of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is the only animal-oriented poison control center in North America. The NAPCC is a unique, emergency hotline providing 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week telephone assistance..

Antifreeze has a sweet taste and can be attracting to pets. Ethylene glycol is the most common form of antifreeze available. Unfortunately, very small amounts can be lethal to pets. As little as one teaspoon of antifreeze can be deadly to the average sized cat and less than four teaspoons can be dangerous to a 10-pound dog. Most cases of antifreeze poisoning occur around the pet's home and are usually due to improper storage or disposal.

The following are some guidelines for pet owners to follow to avoid pet exposures to antifreeze:
ASPCA Antifreeze Poisoning Prevention Tips
  • Always clean up antifreeze spills immediately.
  • Check your car regularly for leaks.
  • Always store antifreeze containers in areas that are inaccessible to pets.
  • Never allow your pets to have access to the area when you are draining antifreeze from your car.
  • Propylene glycol is a less toxic form of antifreeze and could be used instead of ethylene glycol.
If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately!

Contact: For consultation services:
ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center 1-888-4ANI-HELP
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