For those dogs that swim in lakes and ponds...

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  1. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    Are owners aware of the dangers of blue green algae?

    There was something on the news this morning that jogged my memory. Its mainly related to standing water, so flowing streams and rivers are usually safe.

    Dog owners warned against letting pets swim in lakes after poisonous algae found flourishing in hot weather | Mail Online
     
  2. rona

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    Really good post for this time of year, especially after the heat of the last two weeks.
     
  3. ad_1980

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    I read this in the londonpaper last night on the way home and was going to post about it but i couldn't remember exactly what the article said.
     
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    Going to make this a sticky for a few weeks till the hot weather passes and the threat is reduced,
    Thx to the OP for this!
     
  5. brackensmom

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    thanks for posting this, it is very good to be reminded of the dangers of lakes and ponds, and to make people aware if already not.
     
  6. sequeena

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    Thanks Nonnie, I'll remember this!
     
  7. srhdufe

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    Good idea to post this...

    My dog always tries to jump in my garden pond when it's hot..
    We do have a stream and waterfall (man made) though so the water isn't stagnent..

    It's just a job trying to keep him out of it as he always wants to play with the fishies
     
  8. huddy50

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    This is a great post thank you Nonnie.

    Our Bruce is such water baby even the smallest puddle he seems to find. one of my friends had a collie die 3 years ago due to algae in the local park, pond. We have always been careful where we let him swim not easy with a cocker that’s a livewire lol.


    Thanks again it’s always good to have a reminder.
    Adam,Cheryl and Bruce :)
     
  9. dodigna

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    oh dear, ray has just finally learned to swim and there is no keeping him out. W take him to a pond on hampstead heath in london, but only let him get into the larger one with loads of vegetation growing in. It's all green on the surface, but they are little plants which I hope are oxigenating the water, there are no algae but will def look into this better!!!!!
     
  10. reddyrufus

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    A friend of a friends Lab daily swam in a lake, horrible dirty one at that, he got a cancer, not sure of the exact ins and outs but the vet said that swimming in a stagnet lake was probably a cause of it:confused::(
     
  11. IHG

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    Don't talk to me about bloody Cyno, this recent hot weather has caused a massive bloom of the stuff in my Marine tank!

    I am spending about 20 minutes a night syphoning it out.

    :(
     
  12. Sheltielady

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    I've seen something before about stagnant water being harmful to dogs, but couldn't remember why. Thanks for the reminder1:)
     
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    I am so glad you posted this because my OH takes are dog to the lake behind where we live all the time. I will make sure to mention this to him.
     
  14. Spudlover

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    That's a good bit of info, as only a few weeks ago we took our dogs to Richmond Park where they swam in the pond. They loved it, thank god, they are ok!
     
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    my step-dad always warns me about this so im well educated :D but my lab only ever swims in running water anyway which he absolutly LOVES!!...
     
  16. exchangeandmart

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    Thanks for this warning, you do tend to forget about the dangers in lakes etc. so this has been a good reminder.
     
  17. nickmcmechan

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    a good point as this can be common in our fish tanks at home, another reason to always wash your hands after tank maintenance!
     
  18. Robz

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    Well actually infact--
    My dog is a pussy and doesnt go in the lakes and ponds!
    He kinda hovers and then ignores it!
    It is very funny to watch though!:D
     
  19. exchangeandmart

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    my friend mentioned this morning that his dog had been unwell yesterday after eating some pond weed; high temperature, bloody diarrhea and not usual character. Is the risk there in this case do you think, and if so what should i tell my friend to do? (NB it was only weed eaten, and this was vomited by the dog shortly after)
     
  20. lappleton404

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    Good post!

    That's why I don't let my dogs swimming anywhere. When it comes to my dogs always their safety is my priority.
     
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