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What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Blue-Green Algae

We’ve had a beautiful but hot summer so far in the Greater Moncton Area. Due to warm temperatures, blue-green algae are collecting along the banks of ponds and water sources all across our city and surrounding areas.

What is blue-green algae?

Although it’s commonly referred to as blue-green algae, it’s actually bacteria (scientific name: Cyanobacteria) that produces harmful toxins to people and animals.

Typically grows rapidly in blooms under the right conditions; warm weather, polluted or rich in nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen), shallow and slow-moving water. Every bloom can be different. You might be able to see the bloom, although they are not always visible. Fresh blooms often smell like newly mown grass, while older blooms may smell like rotting garbage.

What harm can it cause?

Harmful toxins are released from the blue-green algae when the bacteria cell breaks open or die, possibly caused by bad weather. This toxin can kill an animal within half an hour of exposure or ingestion, targeting the liver, central nervous system, kidneys, respiratory tract, and skin.

Common signs of toxicity:

  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Blood in stool or black, tarry stool.
  • Pale mucous membranes
  • Jaundice
  • Seizures
  • Disorientation
  • Coma
  • Shock
  • Excessive secretions
  • Neurologic signs
  • Blue discolouration of the skin and mucous membranes.
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Death

How to prevent blue-green algae toxicity:

  • Avoid shallow, slow-moving water source as best as you can.
  • Avoid swimming, drinking or contact around ponds.
  • Read all updates and statements from your city and environmental department.
  • Attention to warning signs and updates at the park entrance.

What to do when exposed to blue-green algae:

If you notice any of the signs of toxicity, contact your local emergency veterinarian and follow their instructions. If your pet has a recent history of swimming outdoors and is presenting with signs of toxicity, they will direct you to their hospital for immediate emergency treatment.

Written by Monica Blanchard, RVT


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 506.857.4271. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. We are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital