Do not let your dogs drink from a water source with blue green algae growing in it!
We almost lost our German Shepard Dog, Emma, last night. We have a little pond at the far corner of our property. At about 4pm yesterday, I threw a baseball into the pond to let Emma jump in to retrieve it. I did that about three times, then continued with our walk. After only 45 minutes, Emma started to walk weird, she couldn’t walk in a straight line, her tongue was suppressed in her mouth, she was swaying back and forth, she looked really dizzy and out-of-it. I brought her into the house and sat with her. About 15 minutes later, she threw up a lot. We then brought her to the 24 hour emergency vet clinic about 40 minutes away. Around 7pm, the vet gave Emma activated charcoal and a saline solution. The activated charcoal was used to absorb any remaining toxins that Emma didn’t throw up already. This morning, Emma is fine.
Looking back...our pond does have algae growing in it. Emma must have swallowed some of the water while retrieving the ball. Good thing she threw up shortly after, that got most of the toxins out of her system. And the trip to the vet was required to get her the activated charcoal.
Here are a few links on the subject that any dog owner that lives or plays around water should read:http://dogs.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Blue_Green_Algae_Toxicity_in_Dogshttp://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/blue-green-algae/http://www.dogheirs.com/dogheirs/posts/306-blue-green-algae-cyanobacteria-and-how-it-can-harm-your-dog