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Check your premises for blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) that produces cyanotoxins which can be deadly to children and dogs, overgrowths reported in 2020.





by the NetPlaces Network Staff -


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 infected.


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 water.


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 news.


The problem 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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