Brochure outlines algal bloom danger to dogs

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) — A new brochure is available to pet owners outlining the dangers of toxic algal blooms in New York waters.

The brochure was published by New York Sea Grant and authored by Dave MacNeill, a fisheries specialist based at Oswego State University. He says the number of dog poisonings from toxic algal blooms is on the rise in the Lake Ontario area.

The brochure is available on the Sea Grant website.

Toxic algal blooms are most likely to occur in lakes and ponds after periods of warm, sunny and calm conditions in summer and fall. A bloom looks like pea soup, spilled paint, or floating scum. Toxins aren’t always present, but it’s impossible to tell without lab analysis.

The brochure advises keeping dogs leashed when a suspected bloom is observed.

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