‘Sweet’ antifreeze is dangerous to family pets, says city vet

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A CITY veterinary surgery is calling on people to sign a petition to force anti-freeze manufacturers to add a bitterant to their products to save the lives of cats.

The petition is aiming to reach 100,000 signatures which would then see a bill put before Parliament forcing all manufacturers to make the change to substances such as anti-freeze and screen wash.

Dawn Kent, practice manager at Willow Veterinary Care in Newport Pagnell, has had to deal with fatalities in recent months with cats who have been attracted to the sweet taste of the anti-freeze.

She said: “Cats find the taste of anti-freeze very sweet so they are attracted to drink it. All we are asking is that companies add a bitterant to their products. For me it’s a no-brainer.

“Cats sit under cars to stay warm or avoid traffic. They drink the anti-freeze and the effects are so quickthat by the time the owners have noticed it could be too late.”

Cats which have been exposed to anti-freeze can experience a number of symptoms including vomiting, seeming depressed or sleepy, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, seizures, difficulty breathing, increased thirst or increased urination.

To sign the petition online visit the website.
For more on the campaign and to sign the petition via Facebook visit Willow Veterinary Centre’s personal page.