This month, we would like to share the case of Billy, the 6-month-old kitten who fell into/found himself coated in creosote.
The use of creosote by non-professionals was banned in 2003. Since then, manufacturers have introduced new formula creosote, which contains dichlofluanid as a fungicide. Dichlofluanid is of low toxicity- the risk from such products is due to the solvent carrier. The effects of these solvents are similar to those of other petroleum distillates, such as diesel, paraffin, and lighter fluid. The clinical signs will depend on the type of petroleum distillate involved, the amount and the route of exposure.
In Billy’s case, his owners had acted quickly to decontaminate him (we all know how tricky it is to bathe a cat!), which is the most important aspect of treating a dermal solvent exposure. We are pleased to report that Billy has remained well, hopefully having learned his lesson of watching his step!
If you think your pet has come into contact with a solvent, you can call Animal PoisonLine 24/7 on 01202 509000 for advice.