If a client’s dog got out of the owner’s yard for a few hours on a sunny summer day and presented to your hospital with vomiting, ataxia and depression, would you check into the possibility of ethylene glycol exposure?
Traditionally, ethylene glycol-based antifreezes are thought of as more of a winter toxin, but keep reading to find out why you need to make sure to keep ethylene glycol on your list of rule-outs, even during warm months!
An analysis of the calls made to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center show that the number of ethylene glycol (EG) antifreeze cases is fairly static throughout the year, with the exception of a small spike in December.
Why is this? Many of the calls we get in the warmer months involve EG antifreeze that is stored in the garage (either in bottles or buckets) or involve a car that is leaking antifreeze. Early clinical signs of EG toxicosis can be fairly nonspecific, so be sure you know what to look for.