Maryland August 14, 2019
The Toxic Blue-Green Algae Responsible For Killing Dogs Around The US Has Been Found In Maryland
Caution, Marylanders! You may have heard about a toxic blue-green algae has been responsible for killing dogs in a handful of southern states. Now, it’s been found in Maryland. Read on for the details and be on the lookout this summer, especially if you’re a dog owner.
Over the past several weeks, news has spread about dogs dying after swimming in water infected with toxic blue-green algae.
So far, dogs have reportedly perished in Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas. There could be more unreported cases out there.
Algae is a natural occurrence but the blue-green blooms that occur during warmer months are considered dangerous.
Toxic algae can look like foam or scum on the water's surface. It can be blue in color, green, or even brown or red.
Toxic algae often has an odor, and that odor can attract animals.
If you suspect that your dog has come into contact with toxic algae, immediately wash them off with soap and water. If your dog has ingested the algae, serious symptoms can occur shortly after, including diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, difficultly breathing, and seizures. Immediately take your pet to the veterinarian if you notice these signs.
Humans should be cautious as well. Although symptoms aren't quite as severe as they are for dogs, contact with blue-green algae could causes rashes, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.
So far, the Department of Natural Resources has found toxic algae in a handful of places around Maryland's bay areas. Algae blooms have also been reported in Central Maryland, including Lake Needwood at Rockville's popular Rock Creek Park, as well as the nearby Lake Bernard Frank.
to see a map of testing sites around the bay area and beyond.
The best way to stay safe is to simply stay away if you spot patches of blue-green algae. As the hot days continue, we'll likely be seeing it more and more throughout the state so keep your eyes peeled and use caution.
On a lighter note, don’t forget to mark your calendar for Maryland’s Sunflower Festival this summer. It’s coming up fast! Click here to read all about it.