In­jest­ing chem­i­cal kills pets

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Two cats are thought to have died from an­tifreeze ( ethy­lene gly­col) poi­son­ing within the last three weeks.

One cat lived on Pe­ria Rd and the other on Farm­ers Rd, where three cats were poi­soned in Au­gust last year.

Land­mark Vets con­firmed they had one sus­pected case on Jan­uary 11, how­ever, they were wait­ing on test re­sults to con­firm poi­son­ing. Early symp­toms of an­tifreeze poi­son­ing in a cat can re­sem­ble drunk­en­ness, with vom­it­ing, stum­bling, loss of bal­ance and dizzi­ness.

Within 24 to 48 hours, signs of kid­ney fail­ure will de­velop, in­clud­ing loss of ap­petite, vom­it­ing and de­hy­dra­tion.

An­tifreeze poi­son­ing is most of­ten as­so­ci­ated with cats lick­ing up drips or spills. As lit­tle as one tea­spoon can be fa­tal.

If you think your cat may have been poi­soned, con­tact a vet im­me­di­ately.

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