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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 02:26 PM

Warning on toxic algae after dog dies less than an hour after visit to Lake Allatoona, GA

https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/marietta-couple-shares-warning-on-toxic-algae-after-dog-dies-less-than-an-hour-after-visit-to-lake-allatoona/85-b8c44ca2-a390-4c4e-82a2-0e67ab29dd94

This was the first time they had taken their border collie, Arya, to the lake. It would be the dog's last.

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. — It started out as a typical day at the lake.

Even though this was Morgan and Patrick Fleming's first time taking Arya, their border collie, to Lake Allatoona, Fleming says the pup loved playing in the water.

But their visit to Lake Allatoona on Saturday would be Arya's last.

"We took our sweet Arya to the lake and had the best day playing ball and swimming around! About 30 minutes later on the drive home, we noticed her making weird noises ..." she said in a Facebook post.

Fleming says he dog started vomiting in the car. She took her dog to the emergency room, and by the time they got there, she said, Arya was brain dead.

Fleming told 11Alive's Elwyn Lopez there was no autopsy done on the border collie, but Fleming says according to the vet, the dog died "most likely" due to a lake toxin, like blue green algae. Fleming says they believe this based on the pup's symptoms and how rapidly they developed.

Dr. Mark Aubel, Greenwater Laboratories president, recently published a report studying several dogs who became sick in Florida from ingesting microcystins, which is a type of toxins from certain freshwater cyanobacteria.

Dr. Aubel says without testing, it's hard to identify toxic algae.

"Your typical lay person will not be able to tell one algae from another, or a good from a bad," he said, adding it's always best to be mindful. "It just kind of behooves anybody that sees algae in a lake, in a pond, that they'd probably want to be cautious and just not expose themselves to it or to their pets."

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Cattledog Aug 2019 OP
calimary Aug 2019 #1
Duppers Aug 2019 #3
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Response to Cattledog (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 02:33 PM

1. Uh-oh.

The accelerating climate crisis won’t help that. Could even be causing it.

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Response to calimary (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 02:46 PM

3. Indeed....

Climate Change and Harmful Algal Blooms
Scientists predict that climate change will have many effects on freshwater and marine environments. These effects, along with nutrient pollution, might cause harmful algal blooms to occur more often, in more waterbodies and to be more intense. Algal blooms endanger human health, the environment and economies across the United States.

https://www.epa.gov/nutrientpollution/climate-change-and-harmful-algal-blooms&ved=2ahUKEwjql7mz_v3jAhWTqZ4KHXicD2sQFjAAegQIBxAC&usg=AOvVaw1tS3_XyANKZxEuUfzwjTLO&cshid=1565635470501

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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 02:41 PM

2. This phenomena is spreading everywhere...NC...

North Carolina woman took her three dogs to a pond to play. Within hours, her pups had died from toxic algae.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/11/us/three-dogs-died-algae-trnd/index.html


Sent this out earlier today.

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