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From Animals in Print 5 January 2001 Issue:

COLD WEATHER TIP:
ANTIFREEZE CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR PET'S HEALTH

As temperatures drop across much of the country, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) urges pet owners to step up precautions against dangers your pets may face outdoors. Antifreeze, for example, can be fatal to dogs and cats if ingested--even in very tiny doses. Unfortunately, because of its sweet taste, animals are attracted to this commonly used automotive chemical, so be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle. You may also want to consider switching to a propylene glycol-based antifreeze, which is significantly less toxic than conventional ethylene glycol antifreeze. This will provide an added margin of safety for pets and wildlife, but remember--no antifreeze is absolutely safe.

If you suspect that your pet has ingested antifreeze--or any poisonous substance--call your veterinarian or the APCC's emergency hotline at 1-888-4-ANI-HELP for round-the-clock telephone assistance. For more information on poison prevention, visit http://www.napcc.aspca.org .

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