Lick-Free Zone...

Posted by Pia

Whether the mercury is rising or falling, each season brings a new host of smells, tastes and activities suited to what the weather has in store. With these changes come hazards particular to each season. One such hazard, especially in the winter months, is ethylene glycol in nntifreeze...

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Not only is antifreeze extremely toxic, but it's color and sweet flavor make it inviting and palatable to children and animals!

1 Not only is antifreeze extremely toxic, but it's color and sweet flavor make it inviting and palatable to children and animals!

Always be sure to keep animals away from spills and then thoroughly clean up any potential toxins effectively and immediately.

2 Always be sure to keep animals away from spills and then thoroughly clean up any potential toxins effectively and immediately.

Even the small drops left on one's driveway can prove lethal when lapped up by an outdoor kitty or passing pooch.

3 Even the small drops left on one's driveway can prove lethal when lapped up by an outdoor kitty or passing pooch.

Even simply walking through antifreeze and then licking it off of paws can be lethal!

4 Even simply walking through antifreeze and then licking it off of paws can be lethal!

Fortunately some states have begun stipulating that antifreeze makers include a bitter taste additive to deter ingestion by children and animals.

Marleigh Bea - N.Y., Pennsylvania.

5 Fortunately some states have begun stipulating that antifreeze makers include a bitter taste additive to deter ingestion by children and animals. Marleigh Bea - N.Y., Pennsylvania.

Fireplaces that utilize fire salts also present hazards if the salts are ingested!

6 Fireplaces that utilize fire salts also present hazards if the salts are ingested!

While efforts are made to include visual aids (like a skull and cross bones) that alert consumers to such lethal toxins these alerts can be quite general, listed in only a single languages and...

7 While efforts are made to include visual aids (like a skull and cross bones) that alert consumers to such lethal toxins these alerts can be quite general, listed in only a single languages and...

...often neglect to address the lethality for children, companion animals...

8 ...often neglect to address the lethality for children, companion animals...

... and wild animals. Be sure to seek care for them too via a local wildlife Rescue Organization.

9 ... and wild animals. Be sure to seek care for them too via a local wildlife Rescue Organization.

No matter what size or species of animal, if you suspect exposure to antifreeze, it is critical to get medical help for them as soon as possible.

10 No matter what size or species of animal, if you suspect exposure to antifreeze, it is critical to get medical help for them as soon as possible.

Antifreeze is a huge hazard even in very small doses. Furthermore, the agent that makes it toxic is often also present in products like de-icers, plumbing pipe solutions, chemicals for photo developing, hydraulic brake fluids and even as a filler in the bases of portable basketball hoops to weigh them down.

Some useful tips regarding Antifreeze/Ethylene Glycol:


-If you suspect that an animal has walked through, or ingested any amount of the substance, get him/her to a veterinarian immediately. Survival predominantly depends upon early intervention, prior to it effecting liver and kidneys.

-Always clean up any and all leaks/spills of anti freeze immediately and effectively. Suggestions for how best to do so include using sand, laundry detergent, newspaper and even placing tabasco or pepper on the site after cleaning it fully to deter animal form licking the area.

-Use alternative antifreeze products instead of those with ethylene glycol

-Support laws to restrict the toxin or that require bitter additives be added to deter animals from ingesting it.

-Educate others on the extreme lethality of this substance

-Alert others of spills and assist in assuring they are appropriately cleaned up

-Keep materials in your car to absorb and clean up spills as you discover them.

-Avoid touching the substance, as even absorption through the skin can be hazardous.

Fortunately some states have begun stipulating that antifreeze makers include a bitter taste additive to deter ingestion by children and animals. But until this is done across the board, and until enforcement assures compliance, this very potent toxin remains a readily available and serious threat.

Please do what you can to keep wildlife, children, your own precious fur kids, as well as those who reside in your neighborhood, safe and happy this winter season!

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (9)

  • Hello Dr. Pia & Glue Squad Buddies,
    So glad you reminded everyone of the dangers of anti-freeze. It just scares me thinking about it, but it is better to be informed. I love all the photos today. The one I am partial to is #6---reminds me of some wonderful memories. Speaking of memories, Kirby can't wait to hear of your birthday fun and frolick. Rebel that is great news about the prescription food tasting good and agreeing with you. Maddox you crack me up about knitting socks named Kirby and Rebel and having a hole in them for the fur loss. I tell you, you must not get much sleep with all the clever thinking that goes on in your brain. We all miss our Zoe's antics this week. I am sure she will have many Super Nanny stories. Abby, James Dean, Dudley, Missy Chow, Baby Favor, Delia and Kitty, Sonya, Kirby, Maddox, Our Man Rebel and our Fearless Cora Belle, Gail and the rest of the gang, have a great day. Cora Belle, when you are resting, send James for a double helping of Maple Bars. That is sure to get the body going. Change of seasons can be hard on the joints. Take care all.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Good morning Dr. Pia,
    Thank you for this very important post. There are some areas at work where I can't go because that's where the trucks are kept. It's not safe for a little guy like me for other reasons, too.
    Boy, I think I'm a little bit jealous of the friends in picture 10. I'm feeling better but still losing fur. Cora Belle, how are you doing?
    Something is going on here. Mimi came home with a new outdoor hat and hiking shoes.
    I'll check in later(forgot yesterday).
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Good morning Dr. Pia,
    Another very informative post. Years ago when Karen worked for a vet she had to take care of a cat that no antifreeze. The cat survived but the poor thing was in a lot of pain for a long time.
    How are all of you that were near the earthquake the other day? I bet that is a scarey thing. Rebel, I am so glad you like your new food. Keep getting better little buddy. Missy Chow and Kirby, you should have celebrated your birthdays together as they were only a couple days apart. Abby, Baby Favor, Dudley, what are you up to? If you all go back and read all the comments from the previous post like I do, you will see that Cora-Belle is not feeling well right now and she wants us all to be bad to help her get better.
    I did my bad thing. I barked every hour on the hour all through the night. It was only one or two barks each time but it woke everyone up and then the whole house was barking. But now I am going back to bed. I am tired and I don't know why. Hehehehehe I did good Cora-Belle. Get better. Hey, you humans can be bad too. Come on Gail, Sonya, Delia, Lynn and the rest of you, give it a try
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. Thanks for reminding people about the dangers which come along with the fall and winter months. Antifreeze is really dangerous for both animals and people. Don’t be fooled by some that say theirs does not hurt the environment. They all contain things which are toxic to animals if they ingest enough of it. Then, on the other hand, there are people who leave antifreeze out for animals. I have one neighbor who puts out small amounts of antifreeze because he doesn’t like cats to be in his yard. One neighbor had five kittens and lost every one in one day. Could not prove the antifreeze was put out just to kill the animals; he got by with it and, as far as I know, he still places it out at times. The man is old now and soon he will have to answer for what he has done. Thanks for the birthday wishes all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Dr.Pia, Thank You for sharing this information about antifreeze...I always knew it was poisonous but didn't realize it was sweet! WHY oh WHY on earth, would they produce something lethal with a sweetness that would attract animals and children??? :-( I don't get it!
    OK Maddox, Kitty did her share of 'bad' this morning, she was in a rambunctious mood...I heard her scratch the couch in the living room, a big NO NO, as I looked over the balcony she saw me, and ran like a jackrabbit up the stairs down the hall, just full of it. Yesterday she threw-up on the computer table and left it for me to discover, poor bad Kitty.
    As for me...I was a bad girl, had a sweet tooth and ate the powder chocolate out of the Nest-Quick box...shame on me! ;-)

    All my friends here(without all the names)hope that everyone is doing well or better. And wish I had a solution (no pun intended) for Rebel's skin/fur problem.

    Have a Happy Day!
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hi Dr. Pia and Minnow, This was kind of a disturbing blog, but very important in ways to protect all of our animal friends from antifreeze. My Mom always protects me no matter what she notices about me and I'm sure all the other parents do the same! Rebel, sure glad you like your special food and hope you are feeling better! Kirby, happy 11th birthday yesterday, Big Buddie! I'm just 3 years behind you! Delia, hope Kitty loves that warmer weather and I do, too! Missy Chow, glad you had a great birthday, also! Thanks to your Mom for that great photo of you! Cora-Belle, hope you feel better by resting for a couple of days and be sure to eat breakfast! I will act naughty and bark for you and my prayers are with you and your family! Lynn, we did have sun again on Wednesday and could for part of today when rain could come back-at least the wind stopped! Maddox, hope you finally get some rest after thinking about so many things and barking so much-take care buddy! Sonya, Abby &JD, and Gail hope you are fine, also! Hope all of you have a great day! Will check back later! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • I'm back! I did my bad for Cora Belle, too. It was storming at our house last night & Papa thougt I did my bedtime peepee. Well, I didn't. Uh, there was a wet rug in the kitchen this morning. I had an oops. Mimi said "at least it's on a throw rug" So, I get a bath and the rug gets laundered today.
    Hope my "bad" helps, Cora.
    Your pay,
    Rebel

  • Wow we missed alot being AWOL yesterday from the glue squad, HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIRBY BEAR!!!!!
    So sorry to have missed wishing you happy birthday yesterday. Corabelle, get better soon LADY!!!!
    Should be no problem for me to act bad for your health, I will get up early at 3:34 to wake up Mom to put me out after she goes to bed at 1 a.m. after the late shift and maybe I will find those tacos they make and steal some....
    Antifreeze poisoning is so terrible, mom won't comment on what she has seen. Its awful and smells good to cats. Mom might look for booties for my feet this winter, all the salt in the snow by work keeps her busy washing my feet.
    What's up with kitty and the furballs?? Has she been getting brushed everyday like James Dean?? He still has hair balls sometimes, right next to Mom's pillow.. hahahaha.
    On a somber note, after many weeks of trying to befriend a feral cat at work Mom succeeded to make friends with her and she walked with Mom into a have a heart trap to go to a rescue group for spaying, vaccinations and testing. Mom is praying they keep her as a barn cat but the lady said the cat might be released back (yes, BACK) into the same city place. I think trap/neuter/release is good sometimes but starving/dodging cars/and having no shelter is a poor life. So Mom is sad today. Hopefully, the pretty torti cat will become a barn cat. She is feral most of the time, mom's cat whispering helped.
    Hugs to all, especially Cora belle and Lynn,
    Abby

  • Excellent advice Dr. Pia thank you as always. Kirby Bear I am sorry I missed sending you Birthday greetings yesterday. 11 years old, wow! Still the young lovable scalawag as always. :wink:

    Cora-Belle, I am so sorry you are not feeling well. Rest up and listen to Lucinda and James, they love you so much as we Glue Squadders do too!

    Rebel buddy, I hope you are feeling better but I'm sorry that you're fur is still falling out. I just know that Mimi is doing everything that she can for you.

    I hope everyone has a fantastic day! :smile:

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