Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Owner: 3 Dogs Died Within Hours of Contact with Blue Algae

Three dogs died from toxic algae after swimming. Now their devastated owner is warning fellow dog lovers all over the country Owner: 3 Dogs Died Within Hours of Contact with Blue Algae
Steven Clarke | 14 August, 2019, 05:33

At least four dogs in two states along the Southeast U.S. have reportedly died from swimming in freshwater lakes and ponds filled with toxic blue-green algae. Harmful algae blooms, which can be blue, vibrant green, brown or red, are sometimes mistaken for paint floating on the water.

Melissa Martin, a local realtor, said she went with her dogs, Abby, Harpo and Izzy, to a pond in Wilmington so they could play around.

Dog owners in the Southeast are spreading the word about the dangers of contaminated water following the deaths of their beloved pets.

Multiple dogs have died in both North Carolina and MA. We need your prayers.

"We are gutted", Martin wrote in her post.

Fifteen minutes after the leaving the water that night, Abby started having a seizure.

Martin said she hadn't noticed the water plant - but her vet told her that what had looked like flower debris in the pond was actually cyanobacteria, the scientific name for blue-green algae, which can be poisonous to both humans and animals.

As lakes and reservoirs throughout New Jersey remain closed or under advisories over toxic algae, dogs throughout the country have been reportedly dying from exposure to the bacteria.

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"Dogs will get in a body of water even if it looks or smells bad, including when it contains cyanobacteria", the CDC says.

"While most blue-green algae blooms do not produce toxins, it is not possible to determine the presence of toxins without testing", the helpline adds. "If you know your dog consumed algae, seek immediate medical care", VCA Hospital writes on their website. 'We must warn other pups and families about this blue-green algae.it's deadly.it's fatal'.

"I will not stop until I make positive change", she said. They've set up a fundraiser to purchase signs and erect them in front of contaminated water to prevent further pet deaths.

The campaign's goal was to raise $2,000, however it has already raised more than $3,000.

Hopefully municipalities will act quickly and hang warning signs around any potentially contaminated bodies of water - but in the meantime, keep your dogs away from any body of water that you think may have algae.

Maps of the states where algae blooms reside are periodically updated by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

Some of the health complications dogs can experience include, lethargy, lack of appetite, tremors or seizures.

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