I was reading an article yesterday about how many of the ponds in my area are experiencing an algae bloom due to the weather conditions. The article mentioned that the algae blooms can be toxic and/or fatal to dogs. It got me thinking because there is a stagnant creek a little ways from my house that Rukus likes to sneak down to when we're not looking.
Is it a certain type of algae that causes these problems, or is it all types? How do I know if the stuff in the creek behind our house is toxic or not?
Anyone have info on this?
For now, we're just keeping an extra close eye on him when he's loose or making sure he's tied up.
Here's the article:
Hot forecast brings dangerous algae bloom warning | kare11.com
It can be VERY toxic. Unless you're a biologist, I'm not sure the average person knows how to identify which algae is on the pond, so if there's algae on the pond, keep the dog out of it.
♣ Laura ♣
Yes it can make dogs sick. Don't risk it if possible.
The serious problem, here in MN, is blue-green algae. Humans can get sick, and have severe allergic reactions. Our dogs are just as vulnerable to it. Since they tend to drink a lot of water, particularly when it is hot, it can be fatal. Our more common green algae, although not desirable, is no where near as toxic.
The blue green algae will bloom in the heat that we ar currently having. It smells like rotten something. It tends to thrive in shallow pongs and shallow lakes. It should not be a problem up at Crow-Hassen, but I wouldn't let HK in the pond at Elm Creek or the one at the south edge of the Three Rivers range near Prior Lake. Not sure if any of the other Three River Dog Parks have ponds.
Many of our ponds are great sources of common duckweed. Green, floats on top of the water, and thought to be algae by many. Its not. Duckweed is actually a good vegetable food for our dogs, and won't hurt us either. Even though it looks like surface scum. If you look at it closely, it is a plant with very small leaves that simply float at the surface.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
Ed is spot on. It is Blue green algae that is very toxic, and tends to appear in hot weather in stagnant water.
On the side, Duckweed is a fascinating plant. There are several species, the smallest, Wolfia (sp?) is the smallest flowering plant...flowering on mud flats, and looks like green corn meal. When I worked at the Bird Sanctuary, I would collect 100's of pounds of Duckweed a day to feed waterfowl that did not have access to it. Without it (and the aquatic insects gathered with it), we could not have properly raised orphaned Wood Ducks and other speciality waterfowl.
...and I could go on....
Karen and the gang
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I never knew that it was an edible plant for wildlife...interesting stuff!
Just to be on the safe side though, I'll be keeping him out of it.
It can kill dogs very quickly. We almost lost Erns a couple of years ago as no one knew it existed. He wasn't quite right so took him to my vets which is the street away from the river. We were lucky. That week 3 other dogs were not so lucky. None of us had heard of it before as we have swum in our river for years.
Signs your dog is sick with it. Lethargy, muscle tremors, fast breathing, twitching, paralysis, convulsions.In extreme cases death can occur within 30 minutes after signs first appear.
From what I understand it is hard to tell what is good or bad and confirmed under a microscope I have no idea what it looks like so go to the sea rather than the river now. Heavy rain washes it away.
Last edited by kassabella; 07-17-2013 at 02:50 AM.
Another thing to consider is what is causing the algae bloom. A lot of times it's due to run off from fertilizer, and I wouldn't want my dog drinking that either. I just avoid it altogether.
Erns was very sick at the vets for 4 days and had to have blood tests regularly to make sure it hadn't damaged his kidney or liver. We were just so lucky my vet clinic was so close and listened to my gut feelings.