DEADLY POOL-POND BACTERIA REPORTED
Staff - TheDogPlace.org
Overgrowths of blue-green algae can be found in wet wooded areas,
around streams, wading pools,
even chlorinated swimming pools.
Cyanobacteria is most often
found around a pool or pond but can persist in damp shady soil anywhere on
your property or in adjoining wooded areas where kids and dogs play. This
bacteria thrives on damp soil or rocks including salty oceans and
crystal-clean Arctic lakes. Cyanobacteria does
not need shade to grow which is why unsuspecting pool owners are often
In June of 2020 Lake County
CA finally opened several area lakes that tested positive for “more
than 20 parts/billion of microcystin cyanotoxin.” Residents had
reported “visual evidence of large algal blooms”
such as produce cyanotoxins and typically, bathers and boaters experienced
skin reactions. If swimming in local lakes, caution
is advised, especially if there is any scum or a shiny look to the
Illinois and New Jersey
also reported large algae blooms so it is fair to say this is the summer of
nation-wide algae/bacteria problems which have been buried under COVID-19
isn’t limited to the U.S. The British Veterinary Association (BVA)
said there has been an increase in algae reports in Southampton, Edinburgh,
Cornwall and Lincolnshire. The BVA warned that “Contact
with the algae can be fatal for animals if left untreated and can cause
rashes and illness to humans.”
The takeaway is simple: put
your pool service on notice about any signs of blue-green algae and restrain
your dogs from cooling off in slow-running streams or stagnant ponds. The
skin irritation can cause intense itching which in coated breeds, can lead
to broken and infected skin.
Sure, your dog will drink
from mud puddles and then turn up his nose at your crystal-clear tap water.
He loves puddles, ocean water and lake laps but is reluctant to drink
chlorinated water when on vacation or visiting friends. He's pretty smart
but since he can't read, look out for the family pets and take precautions
against this year's weird and potentially deadly bacteria.
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