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Where to test for antifreeze

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Where can you go to test a dish to see if it had antifreeze in it? I need to get evidence for a case, so if anyone knows please post the answer.
post #2 of 7
Uh-oh. Is somebody poisoning your cats?

I would probably put the dish (and contents, if any) into a clean plastic bag, and then call the non-emergency number for the police.

I can't imagine how else you could get it tested unless you know someone who works either for the crime lab or a university chem lab or something.

Does it smell like antifreeze, and is there a weird green (usually, doesn't have to be) goo in it?
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
It's not my kitties. They are indoor only.

I received a letter from someone who says their neighbor, who is a retired sherriff, poisoned her cat as well as many others in the neighborhood. She has a dish that she believes he put the antifreeze in. Where could she take the dish to be tested and fingerprinted? Given that the person who did it has ties with the police, I don't think taking it to the police for testing would be an option.
post #4 of 7
I would take out the remaining fluid and put it in a sterile container,You could try taking it to your local water authority.
My dad used to work in the waste water treatment plant and they used to have a lab that tested for contaminants in the wastewater of businesses.
You could find out where yours is and ask them to test it,Its worth a try.
But don't give them all of the sample,just some of it.
post #5 of 7
Ditto on the water authority. Call your local water district and ask if they'll test for it.

Ann Demi
"Solutions to Cat Behavior Problems"
post #6 of 7
You could also try calling the SPCA in another area of the state and try contacting the Animal Legal Defense Fund at www.aldf.org and see if they have any suggestions. I hope that they catch that monster soon - sending protection and healing vibes to all the cats in her area...
post #7 of 7
Most antifreeze products that contain ethylene glycol have a fluorescent dye added so they glow under a special fluorescent light called a Wood's lamp. If antifreeze poisoning is suspected, a quick and inexpensive way to determine if antifreeze was ingested is to have your veterinarian shine the light on the muzzle, paws, and under the tail of the animal. If antifreeze residue is present, the hair will glow. Avoid shining the light into the eyes of the animal.

Initial signs of antifreeze poisoning are depression and lethargy. Animals may seem groggy or drunk. The final stages of poisoning are characterized by vomiting, oral and gastric ulcers, and renal failure, followed by death. The initial signs can last from 1 to 6 hours and death may occur between 3 to 4 days

If an animal is showing signs of antifreeze poisoning, but the you did not see the animal drink it, there is a test kit available to veterinarians detect the presence of the poison in the body. However, cats are especially sensitive to ethylene glycol and can experience toxic effects from a dose lower than that required for a positive result from the test.
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