Blue-Green Algae Causing Hundreds of Dog Deaths

Dogs may be attracted to the smell of algal scum and can be quickly poisoned by drinking the water.

 

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Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, has been killing hundreds of dogs in the US, and scientists warn that the problem will only get worse as the planet continues to warm.  Do not allow dogs to come into contact with water where this bacteria relative is present, and please share this information with others – you may be saving lives.

It is likely that the number of deaths is much higher than the 200+ that have been reported.  Due to the wide range of symptoms that can be caused by numerous other factors, many might believe there was another cause of toxicity.  Most owners would not suspect that their dog’s sudden illness and death could be caused by a trip to a beach they have been to dozens of times before.

 

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The deadly organisms have been found in bodies of water from coast to coast, particularly in warm, shallow, undisturbed areas of lakes, ponds, streams, and large puddles that receive a lot of sunlight. (This is why water services in Toledo, Ohio were shut down during summer.)  Though this is especially problematic in the hotter summer months, algae can still be found in many areas. Drought can lower water and air circulation levels, causing large blooms, followed by die-offs that push algae up to the surface.

Dogs may be attracted to the smell of algal scum and can be quickly poisoned from drinking the water.  It is advisable to not even allow dogs to swim or wade in affected water.  They should not be allowed to lick their fur or paws and should be bathed immediately after any contact with the algae-infested water.  People should wear rubber gloves while bathing their dogs if they suspect contamination.

 

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Cats, horses, birds and cows can also be poisoned by the algae.  Symptoms include lethargy, weakness, pale mucus membranes, disorientation, excessive salivation and tear production, muscle tremors, muscle rigidity, paralysis, seizures, respiratory distress, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody, black or tarry stool, jaundice, shock, coma, and death.

Blue-green algae is also suspected to trigger ALS in people with genetic susceptibility for the fatal neurodegenerative disease.  Cyanobacteria blooms can be caused by reckless people who are dumping “sewage and other pollutants, including yard waste such as grass clippings,” as well as “nitrogen and phosphorus, which come from runoff created by development.”

 

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Always take caution when out with your pups, and visit the proper healthcare facilities if you, your kids, or your dogs have been in blue-green algae water.  Do not eat fish that has come from this water, and alert the proper officials if you see the algae in a body of water where there are no warning signs posted.

 

64 thoughts on “Blue-Green Algae Causing Hundreds of Dog Deaths

  1. The planet is not warming! We have been getting this stuff in our ponds for the last 12 years, since we have lived here. Some years are worse than others. But thanks for the health warning for dogs!

    1. The planet is indeed warming, and has been for more than 12 years. The impact may not be hugely noticeable in certain areas, but globally, the effects are monumental.

  2. WOW Heather Stewart-Tibbett…..that looks EXACTLY like that duck pond in Belgium. Sure glad WE didn’t decide to go for a swim in it!!!

  3. This isn’t a new thing. Any farmer or anyone that works the land has known this for years if not centuries.

  4. Thank goodness my Buffy is too smart to drink from that. she doesn’t drink anything outside of her own water bowl, unless it’s something dropped from plate or cup. She’d be very suspicious of green water!

  5. WHAT IS THIS? THIS HAS TO BE A JOKE, but im not laughing. What responsible dog owner would let their dog swim in water that looks like slime. This is unacceptable! !

  6. “Fossil evidence suggests that blue-green algae have been around for millions of years. Scientists have recorded blue-green algae blooms dating back to the 12th century and they have documented the toxic effects to livestock for more than 100 years. However, it is possible that the frequency and duration of blooms are increasing in some Wisconsin waters as a result of increased nutrient concentrations. Nutrients, particularly phosphorus and nitrogen, can be carried into water bodies as a result of many human activities, including agriculture, discharge of untreated sewage, and use of phosphorus-based fertilizers and detergents.”…………….In other words, fertilizer, sewage, detergent – not “global warming”!

    1. Please note the second to last paragraph – Cyanobacteria blooms can be caused by reckless people who are dumping “sewage and other pollutants, including yard waste such as grass clippings,” as well as “nitrogen and phosphorus, which come from runoff created by development.”

      Algae, like most things, grows faster when there is more heat. With the planet becoming warmer, there will naturally be more blooms. Denying climate change is denying basic scientific observation.

  7. I reckon algae will be a great boon in years to come. Carbon sink, grows quickly. Could use as a fuel source or as a fertiliser. Cleans water. Just skim it off, let it dry and compress it 🙂

  8. The planet isn’t warming, hasn’t in last 30 years. Fat Al Gore said a few years ago polar ice caps would be gone by now (inconvenient truth) they are bigger! That is why the official lingo has been changed to “climate change”.

    1. The planet IS warming. The term has been changed from global warming to climate change because while the planet on the whole is warming, drastic seasonal changes have occurred – such as colder, snowier winters in many regions. This can be confusing to those who do not understand earth science. Denying climate change is denying basic scientific observation. The polar ice caps ARE nearly gone. It is helpful to use peer-reviewed, fact-based evidence to form opinions on these kinds of issues. Here is a helpful start:

      http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

  9. I love all the climate change deniers chiming in as hard and as loud as they can with their “evidence”.

    1. Sir, you are kindly encouraged to look it up yourself using peer-reviewed, fact-based data. Political pundits and talking heads on Fox News are not reliable sources.

  10. Ahhh, now out comes “scientific fact,” from the nonscientists. I was wondering when you’d show up.

  11. Can’t believe a post about algae brings out the climate deniers. You deniers are a sad blight and actually the MAJOR cause of climate change. Your stupidity burns.

  12. The Wall Street Journal points out it has not warmed for 15 years but the leftist love to blame everything on global warming. Keep your dog out of the algae.

  13. You can’t SEE climate change happening right in front of you any more than you can SEE evolution taking place. Both processes span immense amounts of time, and can’t be seen in what has happened in the last 20 years. I love it when the deniers say the weather hasn’t changed, therefore there is no climate change.

  14. In the midst of the earliest snowfall in history and coldest temps on record for early September.. must be global warming.. oh, wait. I forgot.. the term has officially been changed to “climate change” because too many people have proven global warming to be false.. My bad!

    1. No one has proven global warming to be false, and anyone that claims to have done so is not a reliable source of information. The term has been changed from global warming to climate change because while the planet on the whole is warming, drastic seasonal changes have occurred – such as colder, snowier winters in many regions. This can be confusing to those who do not understand earth science. Denying climate change is denying basic scientific observation. It is helpful to use peer-reviewed, fact-based evidence to form opinions on these kinds of issues.

  15. Seriously? Did you really just say “As the planet continues to warm”?! You evidently didn’t get the memo that the climate hasn’t warmed in 18 years!!

  16. Or maybe its green from all the run off from fertilizer. Please don’t buy into the lie. It’s bad enough they are already taxing us on it.

  17. You go, Michelle Hardee! Mock those who say it’s scientific fact when those whose views you support have already called it scientific fact! They have dibs! Screw the truth!

  18. Who cares if the planet is warming,cooling or dying because nobody can do anything about it and nobody really cares about all the pollution to the atmosphere that is the real threat,but once again this is about the dogs not the planet I have a pit bull that loves to swim and if he gets near water he goes in recently he went in a water supply for the crops in Tracy ca. When I was taking him for a walk by our fishing spot he didn’t die he didn’t show any signs until the next day he got a little sacked out and he would act like he was going to throw up but wouldn’t throw up sort of like a gag then he stopped drinking and started to rapidly dehydrate and basically die or decompose my friend told me he ba parvo for his dog by flooding him with gatorade so we got some electrolyte water and kept forcing it down him every half hour the vet didn’t have a clue as to what was wrong with him as everything came back OK I luckily found this blue green algea site and figured out what was wrong with him needless to say the electrolyte water saved my dog he finally started to drink the water when I mixed it with boiled chicken and broth it took him 5 days before he finally took a drink of water its been 3 weeks now and he is still far from his normal weight but he made it through it without any so affects so not all dogs die from the poison and nobody really knows about this algea shit we have always let our dogs swim for the past 30 yes never even heard of something like this so all you holier than though people take your heads out of your cases and get back to the subject matter the threat to the dogs its not about the owners of the dogs its about the dogs.

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