As we take advantage of hotter temperatures and brilliant, sunny days, many pet homeowners will get pleasure from scenic, summer time walks with their pooch – however there may be micro organism lurking in lakes and streams that may severely hurt our beloved canine.
PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing mentioned: “Blue-green algae can develop in all aquatic environments, however it’s most prevalent in nonetheless or stagnant water throughout summer time. This specific sort of micro organism is very toxic to animals, and may sadly be deadly, or end in long-term well being issues for people who survive.
“Dogs are particularly at risk, as they are more likely to drink from ponds while out on a walk, or groom themselves after swimming in affected water. However – the more aware we are of the potential dangers, the better we can protect our precious four-legged friends.”
See beneath for Nina’s prime tips about preserving your canine out of hurt’s manner this summer time:
Recognise the hazard
“Blue-green algae usually seems as a inexperienced or blueish scum, however typically has a brown tinge and it’s seen on the water’s floor, it could possibly typically clump up and the blooms can create foam on the shoreline. There’s no manner of telling if algae is poisonous simply by taking a look at it, and a few kinds of blue-green algae are solely harmful at sure instances of yr, however at all times be cautious and don’t take any dangers round it.
Defend your pooch
“Be vigilant when strolling your canine close to any type of water, and if it appears brilliant inexperienced in color, keep away from in any respect prices. By no means let your pooch drink from a pond or lake with useless fish or animals in both, the water could possibly be dangerously poisonous and make your pet extraordinarily ailing with doubtlessly deadly penalties.
“Your native council will put up signposts in areas recurrently affected by blue-green algae, so ensure you scan the environment for any indication of hazard earlier than letting your canine go for a swim.
Know the signs
“Signs of blue-green algae poisoning can happen in a short time (inside quarter-hour to at least one hour of publicity) and even a small quantity might be deadly to a canine, so it’s vital to behave rapidly and make contact with your vet instantly. Indicators to look out for embody vomiting, twitching, seizures, diarrhoea, elevated thirst, drooling, respiratory difficulties, or a collapse.
Report and forestall
“If you spot blue-green algae but there are no signposts to warn dog owners, you should report it to the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60. They’ll test the water and put up signage in the surrounding area to warn owners and help prevent any potential future cases.”
PDSA is the UK’s largest vet charity offering an important service for pets throughout the UK whose homeowners battle to afford therapy prices for his or her sick and injured pets. For a lot of weak pets, PDSA is there to assist when there may be nowhere else for his or her homeowners to show.