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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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TOXIC Algae WARNING

Toxic algae can be found all over the United States -- so dog owners throughout the nation need to be on the lookout.



A common enemy likely led to the deaths of all four dogs: liver failure brought on by ingesting water contaminated with toxic blue-green algae.


https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/12/healt...rnd/index.html
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Good to know! Thanks for posting this!

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I hope people take note as this can happen in any state!


We experienced this algae 3 years ago while vacationing in Michigan.
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I hope people take note as this can happen in any state!


We experienced this algae 3 years ago while vacationing in Michigan.

Also in Canada, any province or territory. Dogs died recently in New Brunswick due to it.
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How horrible. I can't even imagine losing 3 dogs all at once, I'd be a mess.
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Is there a specific test? How does anyone know which is dangerous, by color?

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Is there a specific test? How does anyone know which is dangerous, by color?

Honestly, I don't know. If there's a Red Tide, everyone knows not to take dogs near the water, but unless there's been a die-off of fish or dogs have died, we never really know unless it's on the news. I don't take mine to standing water, only brooks, but I wonder about my skungey goose pond, though I suppose the geese are alive, and the puppy's gone swimming in it, must be ok.
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I'm afraid to even let my dogs swim in our pond because of this. I have not figured out a way to send off water for testing.

I've read the information sites about it and although there is algae in our pond is does not meet any of the criteria for the deadly kind.
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Is there a specific test? How does anyone know which is dangerous, by color?

I found the following info & picture guide from the NY Dept. of Health:

What are harmful blue-green algae? Blue-green algae, technically known as cyanobacteria, are microscopic organisms that are naturally present in lakes and streams. Under certain conditions, blue-green algae can become abundant in warm, shallow, undisturbed, nutrient-rich surface waters that receive a lot of sunlight. When this occurs, blue-green algae can form blooms that discolor the water, or produce floating mats or scums on the water’s surface. It might be a harmful blue-green algae bloom if the water is blue-green, green, yellow, white, brown, purple, or red, has a paint-like appearance, or if there is scum on the water surface.

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) Photo Gallery - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

The kind we experienced looked like someone had poured Turquois paint by the dock with an unforgettable smell.



The following info is from Kansas Dept of Health

DYI Jar or Stick test....but not 100% accurate:

http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/...d/Jar_Test.pdf


It gave a site for testing private ponds, but the site does not work!
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Also in Canada, any province or territory. Dogs died recently in New Brunswick due to it.

This now confirmed in Hamilton, ON. Which is Part of the Golden Horseshoe of Lake Ontario.
Also saw overhead shot of Lake Erie...not good


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamil...bZetNrcvP5gV4I
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