Dog owners look out, toxic algae seen in MI lakes

The dangers of dogs swimming in ponds during hot summer months

The dangers of dogs swimming in ponds during hot summer months

"A 12:08 AM, our dogs crossed the rainbow bridge together", the post read.

"[The dogs] contracted blue green algae poisoning and there was nothing they could do". Many dogs like to scavenge the shore where they may find - and eat - drying clumps of algae. We are gutted. I wish I could do today over.

Dog owners in the Southeast are spreading the word about the dangers of contaminated water following the deaths of their beloved pets. One began have a seizure in 15 minutes, and the others soon after, reports CNN.

Martin and Mintz quickly rushed Abby to the veterinarian.

The third dog - a therapy dog named Harpo - fell ill and started to show signs of liver failure shortly after.

A Wilmington, NC resident is devastated after her three dogs suddenly died yesterday following an afternoon of playing in a local body of water.

So what is making this toxic algae bloom to such a degree?

"What started out as a fun night for them has ended in the biggest loss of our lives ..."

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A GoFundMe has been created to raise awareness about the algae and get signs in front of all contaminated water to protect other pets.

Scientists predict that harmful algal blooms will occur with greater frequency and intensity and more waterbodies as a result of climate change, according to the EPA.

It's not possible to determine the presence of toxins in the water without testing, so all blooms should be considered potentially toxic, Pet Poison Helpline said.

In an unfortunate turn of events, three dogs died on August 8 from toxic algae poisoning after swimming in infested pond waters in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Dogs are especially vulnerable to exposre because they will continue to drink and play in water even if it looks dirty, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says on its website.

"We lost our fun, loving, and insane girl to what we can only assume was a lake toxin such as blue green algae", Fleming wrote. "It just kind of behooves anybody that sees algae in a lake, in a pond, that they'd probably want to be cautious and just not expose themselves to it or to their pets".

If a dog gets to a vet before symptoms appear, there is a chance the toxin can be purged from the animal's system. "It is often too late to remove the toxin".

What began as a typical puppy playdate between 3 dogs turned deadly this weekend after an encounter with blue-green algae.

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