Sheffield news Warning to dog owners after deadly algae kills spaniel PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - A cocker spaniel died of suspected blue green algae poisoning after a swim

Sheffield news Warning to dog owners after deadly algae kills spaniel PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - A cocker spaniel died of suspected blue green algae poisoning after a swim

Sheffield news  Warning to dog owners after deadly algae kills spaniel PremierLeague-News.Com
21 June 2022 - 08:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! An urgent warning has been issued to dog owners about a potentially deadly algae growing in rivers and ponds. The British Veterinary Association is concerned that toxic blue green algae could spread during the hot weather in the coming months. Algae bloom was been sighted in lakes, ponds or rivers in around 50 locations across the UK. The findings have been identified by the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology’s (UKCEH) Bloomin’ Algae app and the BVA has urged owners to keep dogs on a lead around freshwater. READ MORE:Sheffield man stabbed love rival four times over girlfriend and £25 The warning comes after a cocker spaniel died of suspected blue green algae poisoning after a swim in a lake in April. The dog had gone into the water at Anton Lakes, in Hampshire. Blue green algae, or cyanobacteria, are a group of bacteria that can contain dangerous toxins which can be harmful - and potentially fatal - to pets, livestock and birds if ingested even in small quantities. The algae looks like green or brownish scum on the water surface. Dogs can ingest it by either drinking the water or licking it from their fur after being in contact with the water. It’s important to note that dogs cam come into contact with the bacteria even if they don’t go into water for a paddle, as toxic blooms are often blown to the edges of water bodies, WalesOnline reports. Trend data supplied by Professor Alan Radford and his team at SAVSNET, University of Liverpool, suggests that suspected or confirmed cases reported by veterinary practices peak in July and August. This is the height of the summer season, and the cases aren’t restricted to any one part of the UK. British Veterinary Association President Justine Shotton said: “Many dogs love nothing more than a paddle in a lake to cool off in this weather, but we’d urge pet owners to keep them on a lead during walks near water bodies confirmed to have algal blooms this summer.

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. “It is also important to be aware of the symptoms of exposure. These commonly include vomiting, diarrhoea, drooling, disorientation, trouble breathing, seizures, and blood in faeces. They can appear within a few minutes or hours of exposure, depending on the type of toxin ingested, and can cause liver damage and ultimately be rapidly fatal if left untreated. “There is currently no known antidote for the toxins, so dog owners should seek prompt veterinary treatment to tackle their effects and ensure a good chance of recovery for their pet." Dr Linda May, a freshwater ecologist at UKCEH, added: “All reports of suspected blue-green algae are rapidly available to view via the Bloomin’ Algae app, so by submitting records, people are providing a useful early warning to pet owners and watersports enthusiasts. “A photograph must be included with all reports so we can quickly check if the bloom is blue-green algae or something harmless.” BVA advice for pet owners Look out for any warning signs put up by the responsible national environment agency or local authority near water bodies. Keep pets on a lead and by your side around water bodies known or suspected to have a blue-green algal bloom – don’t let pets swim in it or drink from it. If your dog has been swimming outside, wash its coat thoroughly with clean water afterwards. Seek emergency veterinary treatment if you’re concerned your pet may have ingested toxic algae. Report sightings of suspected blue-green algae with a photograph via the Bloomin’ Algae app. You can also set up notifications for confirmed sightings in your area. Read More Related Articles Tips at the petrol pump that could help you save hundreds of pounds Read More Related Articles X Factor star's tragic heartbreak as fiancée dies on wedding day

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