BLUE-GREEN ALGAE AND DOGS Posted on by
- Blue-green algae are actually types of bacteria called cyanobacteria. This bacteria thrives in warm water and when conditions are right the bacteria can quickly grow and form “blooms”
- Sometimes blooms are easily identified, looking like “pea soup”. However, some blooms are smaller and may be much less evident.
- These blue-green algae blooms produce cyanotoxins that are toxic to animals and humans. Dogs are especially at risk because they are not deterred from swimming and drinking the affected water.
- Dogs are at risk if they swallow, have skin contact or even breathe in airborne infected water.
- Symptoms of cyanotoxicity can occur within minutes of exposure. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, difficulty breathing, seizures and even death.
- Very small exposures, such as a few mouthfuls of contaminated water may result in a fatal poisoning.
- If you suspect that your dog may have been exposed, rinse them off with freshwater and seek the NEAREST veterinary help IMMEDIATELY!
- The best advice is to keep your dog leashed around bodies of water. Do not let your dog swim or drink out of any ponds or lakes.