Reports of dog poisonings continue to circulate on social media, but according to a representative of the Snohomish County Animal Control Services they have not received many reports of dog poisoning.
In January, The Herald reported that a Park Ranger was investigating an incident of a dog poisoning at Willis Tucker Park. Park officials identified two poisonings in Marysville and one in Lake Stevens which were believed to be related to neighbor disputes and referred to police and Animal Control officers.
Determining an intentional poisoning can be difficult. There are many foods, plants, and chemicals that can poison a dog or a cat. Gathering evidence can also be difficult. For example, if your pet eats all of an item that has poisoned it there may not be anything left to test for a poisonous chemical. Then if your pet was poisoned, determining who did it can be another hurdle. How something that your pet ate arrived where he/she found it may not be able to be determined.
If your pet becomes sick, Animal Control recommends that you immediately take your pet to a veterinarian. Fast treatment is critical to saving your pet. If your veterinarian determines poisoning, call authorities. Call 911. You can also report this to Animal Control Services at (425) 388-3440 or online at https://petlicense.snoco.org/petcomplaints. If you think the poisoning occurred on county park property, notify the County Parks Department at (425) 388-6600 between 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday (http://wa-snohomishcounty.civicplus.com/200/Parks-Recreation).
Knowing what can harm your pet is important to providing it with a long, healthy life. The ASPCA has good information on poisonous substances at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control. It even has an app that you can load on your phone at that link.
Also, Animal Control Services has information about what can harm your pet. Two recent alerts include:
Protecting Your Pets This Spring:
Canine Influenza – Important Information for All Dog Owners:
Snohomish County Animal Control Services: