The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has been alerted to the suspicious deaths of multiple dogs in the Cutten area.
Over the last week, approximately five dogs in the area of Excelsior Road have died after reportedly exhibiting symptoms associated with poisoning. Preliminary investigation indicates the dogs may have consumed an unknown green substance found on sidewalks of the neighborhood. Residents in the area are encouraged to inspect their yards and sidewalks for any unknown materials, and monitor pets closely while out on walks in the area.
The symptoms of poisoning vary depending on the substance and quantity your dog has breathed in or eaten. There is no single sign that you can use to diagnose the situation. However, there are some common symptoms to watch out for such as gastrointestinal or neurological issues. The following may be signs of dog poisoning:
- Diarrhea or blood in the stool (either bright red blood or dark black tarry stools)
- Vomiting or loss of appetite.
- Seizures or tremors.
- Behavioral changes (lethargy or unsteady when standing or walking; hyperactivity)
- Bruising or bleeding (best found in areas of little or no hair, such as the gums, inside the ear flaps, and inside the groins; nose bleeds or bloody urine)
- Finding of unusual material in a dog’s stool, such as peculiar green or corn-like substances which might be rodenticide ingestion.
If your dog is exhibiting the above symptoms or you’ve found your dog interacting with something dangerous, take immediate action. The faster you respond, the better the outlook for your dog. Here are the steps you should take:
- Stay calm and remove your dog away from the potentially poisonous substance.
- Take note of the situation and your dog’s symptoms.
- Contact your veterinarian. Always have their number programmed into your phone. If it’s after hours, contact the nearest emergency clinic or a pet poison hotline. Ask if you should come in immediately or induce vomiting at home.
- If possible, safely collect any of the remaining potential poison or the packaging. If your dog has vomited, collect a sample. This will help the vet diagnose and treat your pet.
- Follow your veterinarian’s directions completely. If they advise you to come in, go in as soon as possible.
To learn more about keeping animals safe from poisonous substances, visit: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control
This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this case or who locates a similar suspicious substance is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.
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