Dogs can be exposed to toxins by skin contact with water contaminated with cyanobacteria or toxin(s), when swallowing water while playing in the water, or by licking it off fur or hair. If you suspect your dog has been exposed to a toxic algal bloom, please seek immediate veterinary care.
Animals may exhibit the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing
Below are useful resources on what are harmful algal blooms, how dogs can be affected, and how to protect your pet from toxins.
- EPA’s Page: How to Keep your Dog Safe from Toxic Algae
- EPA’s Video: Protect Your Pooch from Harmful Algal Blooms
- CDC’s Reference Brochure for Veterinarians
- New York Sea Grant Guide on Harmful Algal Blooms and Dogs
To learn more about cyanobacteria and their toxins please visit the EPA website Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms (CyanoHABs) in Water Bodies.