Before you let your pup jump into a pond, lake or river this summer, pause for a minute. Does any part of the water have what looks like a layer of green-, blue-, or red-tinged paint floating on top? If yes, the water may contain a toxic and potentially deadly algae bloom.
Blue-green algae can be found in ponds, lakes and rivers across the United States and puts you and your adventure dog at risk. Read on to learn more about this risk, where it can be found and how to avoid it.
Cyanobacteria, nicknamed blue-green algae due to its colorful appearance, is one of the most toxic and potentially life-threatening water hazards. Cyanobacteria is microbacteria that can accumulate in lakes, streams, ponds and brackish water bodies. Under the right settings - stagnant water, sunlight and high water temperatures - cyanobacteria can accumulate rapidly into algal “blooms”
Although some cyanobacteria is harmless, certain algal blooms produce dangerous toxins that can cause liver damage or harm the nervous system. Medical researchers recently began exploring the link between algal bloom neurotoxins and an increased risk of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Recognize cyanobacteria. Avoid water that is foamy, scummy, or has a thick blue-green-red film floating on top.
Do your research. Many states publish algal bloom adversaries online for monitored lakes and rivers, so never hesitate to do a quick google search before leaving home (note: not all bodies of water are monitored so do not reply on this step alone)
Provide clean drinking water. Never allow your pup to drink out of stagnant water, especially if it has blue-green scum floating around the edges. Minimize this risk by always having clean drinking water on hand.
If you think your pup was exposed to cyanobacteria, call Animal Poison Control immediately at
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Kennel cough is a common and highly contagious dog disease. It causes an ongoing, forceful cough in infected dogs and swelling in the lungs, windpipe, and voice box. If your dog has an unrelenting cough that sounds like a honking goose, he may have kennel cough.
While kennel cough sounds horrible, fortunately the majority of dogs recover without treatment. So what exactly is kennel cough in dogs? What dogs are most at risk for kennel cough, and what are its symptoms? Can humans contract kennel cough from their pets? Is there a vaccine for kennel cough?
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we explain the causes and symptoms of kennel cough in dogs. We also review available treatment options, discuss the Bordetella vaccine, and provide tips for prevention.
In an increasingly pet friendly world, dog carrier bags allow us to take our four-legged family everywhere. Whether you are about to board an international flight, ride on public transportation, go hiking, or spend the afternoon running errands with your four-legged friend, getting your dog used to a pet carrier is essential.
Is your dog new to pet carriers? Nervous, excited, or jumpy in any type of dog bag or pet purse? It is very common for dogs to be scared of new carriers or even try to jump out, especially if they're not used to being carried. How do you teach your dog to love riding in a bag?
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we provide several steps to help your dog get used to a new pet carrier.