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Blue-Green Algae

You may have heard that Blue-Green Algae is back again this year. Here are the key points to know before letting your pets swim in nature.

What:

  • Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae)
  • Toxic to cats and dogs when ingested (even small amounts)

Where:

  • Freshwater lakes, streams, and ponds
  • Brackish (mix of salt/fresh) bodies of water

When:

  • Mid-late summer during hot weather

Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pale gums
  • Excessive salivation
  • Neurologic signs: muscle tremors, paralysis, seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Death

Treatment:

  • IMMEDIATE care is indicated for suspected exposure
  • No antidote
  • Supportive care: treatment of symptoms, fluid support

Prognosis:

  • Poor once clinical signs appear
  • Improved with immediate care

If you have any questions, give us a call at 506.857.4271.

Written by: Nicole Mann, DVM

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