Lake al­gae may pose a risk to dogs

‘NO SWIM­MING’ AD­VICE FOR PETS

Burton Mail - - News - By JENNY MOODY jen­nifer.moody@reach­plc.com @Jen­ny_­moody85

DOG own­ers have been warned to keep their pets out of wa­ter at an East Stafford­shire beauty spot af­ter po­ten­tially toxic al­gae was spot­ted.

Blue-green al­gae has been re­ported on one of the lakes at Bar­ton Ma­rina.

Types of blue-green al­gae can make dogs very sick or even kill them as it can pro­duce harm­ful tox­ins.

These tox­ins can stop a dog’s liver from func­tion­ing prop­erly, with ex­po­sure to toxic blue-green al­gae of­ten prov­ing fa­tal for dogs.

It can also cause long-term health prob­lems in dogs that drink or go swim­ming in al­gae-con­tam­i­nated wa­ter.

Some types of blue-green al­gae can kill a dog just 15 min­utes to an hour af­ter they have in­gested con­tam­i­nated wa­ter.

How­ever, not all types of the blue­green al­gae, which is nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring, are harm­ful.

A spokesman for the En­vi­ron­ment Agency said it was al­ways ad­vis­able to treat all re­ports of al­gae as po­ten­tially toxic, but de­spite re­ports cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia from peo­ple warn­ing dog own­ers, no one had re­ported the is­sue to the agency un­til it was con­tacted by the Bur­ton Mail.

A spokesman said: “We have not re­ceived any re­ports about al­gae on Bar­ton Ma­rina.

“How­ever, fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion from the Bur­ton Mail, we have con­tacted the landowner so they are aware and can take any nec­es­sary steps, such as putting up no­tices.

“We would ad­vise peo­ple not to let their dogs swim in wa­ter if they sus­pect blue-green al­gae is present.

“We also urge peo­ple to ring our in­ci­dent hot­line (24 hours a day) on 0800 80 70 60 if they spot an en­vi­ron­men­tal in­ci­dent such as an al­gal bloom.”

A spokes­woman for Bar­ton Ma­rina also said no one had re­ported the al­gae to man­age­ment there, but she added that new signs had gone up around the ma­rina ask­ing peo­ple to keep their dogs un­der con­trol.

She said: “All the signs have gone up, which are brand new, ask­ing own­ers to keep their dogs un­der con­trol and not let­ting them go into the lake.

“We’re tak­ing all the pre­cau­tions as we want to pro­tect the wildlife, as at the mo­ment we have lit­tle duck­lings.

“Peo­ple need to be mind­ful of that as well.”

Al­gae oc­curs nat­u­rally in in­land wa­ters such as rivers, streams and lakes and dur­ing long pe­ri­ods of warm weather it can mul­ti­ply and form blooms.

Dog own­ers who visit Bar­ton Ma­rina are be­ing urged to keep their pets out of the wa­ter af­ter po­ten­tially toxic al­gae was spot­ted

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