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Something to be aware of

Here's a very sad warning about ponds in hot dry areas. We were going to take Rukie to the pond tomorrow but now I might not. We haven't had much rain in the last month.

https://www.wect.com/2019/08/09/warn...-matter-hours/


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That's terrible. There have been algae blooms in a lake in a town near our house and it's treated with pesticides so I don't let Luna swim in that either. Thank you for posting this. I didn't realize that some algae blooms are that lethal to dogs.

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It's happened at a major lake in Austin, TX too. Gut wrenching.

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This is definitely something people need to be aware of.

The water is tested in different areas where I live, when the bacteria levels are too high, they are closed to both swimming and fishing until the levels return to normal.
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This is tragic. Thank you for sharing this. So sad 😞
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While we were away for 3 days on a short trip, my in-laws let my 5mo old pup swim in their farm ponds. It’s been hot with no rain here and the ponds do have a green film on them. None of us had a clue about this being toxic until today. They way over fed him and this was his 1st time being away from us. We got him back yesterday and since then he’s been laying around and sleeping. Not like him at all! I’ve never seen him like this. He’s always a bundle of energy and loves to constantly play with us and his toys. Now I’ve gotten myself worried sick. I’m hoping it’s just that he’s recouping from being away and fed too much! He has ate fine today and has none of the other symptoms. I saw most dogs died anywhere from 15min to 3 days after exposure. He’s supposed to go to the vet on Thursday, but I’m wondering if I should take him in tomorrow... Also was wondering if anyone had read when it’s safe for dogs to go swimming again? I don’t know if you have to wait till colder weather or after periods of rain, etc.

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I talked about this last summer about blue-green algae blooms in ponds and lakes. Very lethal if the ingest it. Usually have to worry about it in August mostly as the heat and stagnant water causes the bloom. I never let my dog off leash until we get down to the water to inspect it. Also, the department of natural resources if your particular state usually monitors and posts where current blooms are happening but not in private land ponds

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I talked about this last summer about blue-green algae blooms in ponds and lakes. Very lethal if the ingest it. Usually have to worry about it in August mostly as the heat and stagnant water causes the bloom. I never let my dog off leash until we get down to the water to inspect it. Also, the department of natural resources if your particular state usually monitors and posts where current blooms are happening but not in private land ponds

Good that someone brought this up again
Just be aware, even clear lakes/ponds that do not have visible algae can have the toxin in them.

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Just be aware, even clear lakes/ponds that do not have visible algae can have the toxin in them.

Yep I'm more then aware. I used to help collect samples for the U of Delaware Agricultural department who in turn was part of the collect team for the public ponds and lakes in the state of Delaware Department of Agriculture. I've known about the Blue Green algae issue since back in 2001.


I just wish more of the vets would explain this to people with new puppies every time they bring in a pup for the first time. Explaining this issue to people with 8 week old puppies would go a long way creating the type of awareness needed to prevent these types of issues from happening. I brought this up to my vet back in 2005 and she goes over this as part of her wellness exams and actually made a info sheet that she gives to all people with 8 week old puppies.

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It's happened at a major lake in Austin, TX too. Gut wrenching.

Yes, it is Lady Bird Lake. One was a golden. I have 3 brothers that live in the area--one right in Austin, one just outside in Round Rock and one in Leander. They told me about it and posted on FaceBook. We lived in Austin for 16 years and I never hear of Lady Bird Lake, but someone told me it use to be called soemthing else. All three that died had been swimming out to this island they, and people like to go to.

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