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Pets at higher risk in winter from antifreeze

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Pet owners may want to keep a closer eye on their pets this time of year. There's a greater risk of cars leaking antifreeze as the weather gets colder.

Veterinarians say dogs and cats may lick the chemical because it tastes good, but it's highly toxic. Just a small amount in their system can cause serious damage to their kidneys or death.

Vets say owners should just be more cautious about where they leave their pets.

"A lot of people put their dogs and cats in garages this time of year to keep them warm, which is great... But if your car's leaking antifreeze its not so safe," says Veterinarian Teresa Gehlen.

Gehlen says owners should keep control of where their pets go, and if you do put your pets in the garage check your car for any leaks.