Dogs potentially at risk from lake algae
Our recent low lake levels have led to an algae called Nostoc presenting a potential threat to our beloved canine companions.
Nostoc is a type of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). In certain conditions this algae can produce toxins that are particularly dangerous to dogs.
Low lake levels have increased the likelihood of dogs coming into contact with this algae and owners should discourage their animals from swimming in areas where algae is present, particularly where it is visible on the surface of the water.
The algae is typically only toxic when eaten by canines. Its toxins can be fatal and symptoms often consist of muscle tremors, coma, and watery or bloody diarrhoea. Dogs may also have difficulty breathing or convulsions. Any owner noticing such symptoms should contact a vet as soon as possible.