[Antifreeze Warning]

(Please note: Border Collie Rescue is not endorsing or in any way connected to Sierra Antifreeze or its production. We are providing this for your information only.)

Conventional Antifreeze is a Danger to Your Pet.

Properly used and installed, antifreeze presents little problem for pets. But if it is carelessly installed, improperly disposed of or leaks from your carís or truckís cooling system, conventional antifreeze can be dangerous to your pet.

Antifreeze causes thousands of needless pet deaths in the United States annually. Veterinarians universally agree that conventional antifreeze presents a serious threat to pets. Animals seem to be attracted to antifreeze because of its taste. As little as two ounces of conventional antifreeze can kill a dog and only one teaspoon is enough to poison a cat. The toxic ingredient that makes conventional antifreeze a danger to your pet is ethylene glycol(EG). Antifreeze can be hazardous to small children too, in quantities as little as two tablespoons.

Why EG Antifreeze is Harmful

Toxicologists report that EG antifreeze, once inside the body, is changed into a crystalline acid which attacks the kidneys. Because itís fast-acting, you should act immediately if you think your pet may have ingested conventional antifreeze. Often, by the time pet owners realize that their pet has been poisoned, itís too late. If pet owners know the animal has ingested EG antifreeze, they should contact a veterinarian immediately.

Signs and Treatment for EG Poisoning

The signs of EG poisoning in pets include excessive thirst and urination, lack of coordination, weakness, nausea, tremors, vomiting, rapid breathing and heart rate, convulsions, crystals in urine, diarrhea and paralysis. The pet will be unable to urinate in the final stage of EG poisoning, Veterinarians suggest treating animals suffering from antifreeze poisoning by inducing vomiting and feeding the pet activated charcoal to absorb and neutralize the EG. Vets administer alcohol intravenously to inhibit the EG from being converted to the acid that damages the kidneys. Pets rarely survive EG poisoning, the veterinarians say, because pet owners may not recognize that their pets are seriously ill until it is too late. There is also a new drug that can be administered soon after a dog ingests the antifreeze (and has had pretty good success so far), but again, it must be administered shortly after ingestion to be effective. Ask your local vet whether he/she carries it for such emergencies. Prevention, therefore, is the best antidote.

SIERRA - is one of the safer alternatives.

Itís Not Just Antifreeze. Itís Safety Freeze.

SIERRA Antifreeze and Coolant is a new, safer antifreeze formulated with propylene glycol (PG) instead of ethylene glycol (EG). Unlike EG antifreeze, PG-based SIERRA is essentially non-toxic and safer for children, pets and wildlife in the environment. Unlike EG, PG is classified as "Generally Recognized as Safe" (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Propylene glycol is used in small quantities in the formulation of many consumer products including cosmetics, medications, and snack food. It is even used as a moisturizing agent in pet food.

You Donít Have to Sacrifice Performance for Safety.

SIERRA protects against freezing, overheating and corrosion the same as premium brands of conventional antifreeze. It has passed the automotive industryís most grueling performance and corrosion tests. And SIERRA is phosphate-free. SIERRA should not be mixed with toxic EG-based antifreeze brands, because its safety advantages for your pet will be lost. SIERRAís freeze point can be SIERRA Freeze point test strips or PG refractometers. A 50/50 blend of SIERRA and water has a freeze point of -26 F. Greater protection can be obtained by increasing the ratio of antifreeze to water.

For more information about where you can purchase SIERRA Antifreeze and Coolant, call Old World Industries, Inc., 1-800-323-5440 or write them at 4065 Commercial Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062.

Tips on Preventing EG Antifreeze Pet Poisonings

Wipe up and wash away any spills. And when changing your carís antifreeze you keep your pet indoors.

Keep stored antifreeze off the floor and away from pets.

Keep new antifreeze in its original container.

To store used antifreeze before disposal, put it into a sealed container, using original containers.

Car Care and Pet Safety go Hand-in Hand.

Make sure your car, truck or farm vehicle is in good working order and that the cooling system has no leaks.

If your carís cooling system leaks, breaks down or overheats, clean up spills thoroughly and dispose of cleaning rags carefully.

If you think or know that your pet has ingested EG antifreeze, immediately rush the animal to a veterinarian. Do not wait for signs of poisoning to appear.

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