It’s cold out­side, pet

Can you give an an­i­mal a lov­ing home and a new start in life?

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

ICE, Ice Baby! Leav­ing the house this morn­ing at 5.45 my heart sank. A thick layer of ice on my wind­screen and all the usual para­pher­na­lia for deal­ing with it locked in the shed! So out came the trusty CD case and I scraped away, try­ing not to dis­turb the neigh­bours, un­til it was gone. Les­son learned, I’ll be get­ting more or­gan­ised to­mor­row (or maybe the day af­ter….)

My car was ser­viced re­cently so I know the an­tifreeze was topped up, I don’t keep it around the house (although I have a cou­ple of bot­tles of cheap white wine which might work – does any­one else re­mem­ber Aus­trian wine be­ing adul­ter­ated with Di­ethy­lene Gly­col, a con­stituent of an­tifreeze, in 1985?) not least be­cause it is very toxic to an­i­mals.

The sweet smell is ap­par­ently what at­tracts them and although it has a very un­pleas­ant af­ter­taste some cats find it al­most ad­dic­tive.

Keep pets safe Ac­ci­den­tal poi­son­ings from spills/ leaks, as well as leak­ing water coolant from cars hap­pen ev­ery year, lead­ing to pet death. Reg­u­larly check your car to en­sure it isn’t leak­ing water coolant. Take care stor­ing, us­ing and dis­pos­ing of an­tifreeze and water coolant. Most ac­ci­den­tal deaths are avoid­able.

Al­ways keep an­tifreeze in clearly la­belled, ro­bust, sealed con­tain­ers, away from pets and their en­vi­ron­ment.

Clean up spills im­me­di­ately, no mat­ter how small. En­sure pets can­not ac­cess the area un­til it’s clean and safe.

Al­ways dis­pose of an­tifreeze and water coolant safely and re­spon­si­bly. Con­tact your lo­cal author­ity for ad­vice; see www.di­rect.gov.uk and ‘search for your lo­cal coun­cil in Eng­land’ on the home page.

Try and find an­tifreeze that con­tains propy­lene gly­col in­stead of eth­yl­ene gly­col, it’s much less toxic.

If you sus­pect your pet has come into con­tact with an­tifreeze, leaked water coolant or if show­ing any of these symp­toms get them to a vet im­me­di­ately: Vomit­ing Seem­ing de­pressed/sleepy Ap­pear­ing drunk and un­co­or­di­nated Seizures (fits) Dif­fi­culty breath­ing Signs of an­tifreeze poi­son­ing can show 30 min­utes af­ter in­ges­tion. It can be two/three days be­fore signs of kid­ney fail­ure are seen.

The sooner your pet re­ceives ve­teri­nary treat­ment, the bet­ter their chances of sur­vival. If left un­treated, an­tifreeze poi­son­ing can cause pain, suf­fer­ing and dis­tress and ul­ti­mately death. So please, take care.

You can find lots of re­ally use­ful pet care in­for­ma­tion at: www.rspca. org.uk

If you think you could of­fer a for­ever home to any of the cats and kit­tens we cur­rently have in our care then please call (020) 8966 9688 or email info@rsp­camid­dle­sex.org.uk

You can see pic­tures of many of the other an­i­mals (bud­gies, rats, rab­bits, cats & kit­tens) in our care on our Face­book page https://www. face­book.com/RSPCAMNW Don’t for­get you can fol­low us on twit­ter too @RSP­CAMID­DLE­SEX

Our shops are now sell­ing Christ­mas cards and cal­en­dars along with a range of sparkly Christ­mas pin badges which make bril­liant stock­ing fillers and are a must for the of­fice party!

HELLO: RSPCA res­cue cats seek­ing adop­tion this au­tumn

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