Cost of Treatment: $200 to $1,500
What is Antifreeze Toxicity in Dogs?
Ethylene glycol is a common ingredient in most antifreeze products used in cars and around the household. This sweet-tasting ingredient is very appealing to pets, especially during the winter when their water source may get very cold or frozen.
Antifreeze toxicity in pets is common. Most pets become intoxicated when they lick antifreeze that has leaked from the car engine. Affected pets will show signs similar to be being drunk. They will show incoordination, lethargy, and weakness, among other signs.
Symptoms of Antifreeze Toxicity in Dogs
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
- Lack of coordination (“Drunkness”)
- Stupor Seizures
- Swollen and painful kidneys
Treatment of Antifreeze Toxicity in Dogs
Antifreeze toxicity is a life-threatening condition. The odds of saving the life a poisoned dog depend on how fast treatment is started. Dogs who reach the veterinary clinic within the first 2 hours after intoxication have greater chances of surviving.
In cases of early detection, the treatment consists of decontaminating the dog by inducing vomit, gastric lavage and/or administrating activated charcoal.
In cases where the dog reaches the hospital after the first two hours, he/she will need other drugs to prevent the renal damage associated with ethylene glycol toxicity. Most dogs will need fluid therapy and hospitalization.
Hopefully, this never happens to your dog. If it does, we hope you have a dog health insurance plan to pay for the vet bills that will come in.
Resources for Antifreeze Toxicity in Dogs
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