Dog Deaths and Blue Green Algae

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Monday, November 16, 2009 Under: Dog Health and Current News related topics

My experience has been that the Australian Terrier breed LOVE to swim and they are good swimmers.  Ours jump off our dock, off the pontoon, are always with us in or around water catching frogs,  just playing in the water.  They love kiddie pools, even the sprinkler and fighting with the spraying hose.

Sadly, lake swimming is now something they won't be doing anymore.  This past July we lost our beloved Aussie Harley to Blue Green Algae poisoning.

Like most dogs, our dogs love to swim and catch sticks in our spring fed clean lake in Northwestern Wisconsin. 

 If your dogs love the lake too, please read about this important information regarding Blue/Green Algae, it just might save your treasured friend.

More research is underway to determine what causes this form of algae and how to eliminate it. The WI Department of Health Services has been given resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to inform the public and research this algae to determine a treatment program to reduce the algae that produce the harmful algal bloom.  It's not only harmful to dogs, livestock, wildlife but to humans as well.  To find out more information about this:  contact or call 608-226-1120.  Please read this link at for additional information.

*Dogs are particularly susceptible to blue-green algal poisoning because scums can attach to their coats and be swallowed during self-cleaning. If you suspect that your animals are showing any of these symptoms you should seek veterinary advice.

What Causes Blue Green Algae Outbreaks?

In times of drought, lowered water levels and low air circulation combine to boost production of algae into overdrive. Normally, algae are equally distributed throughout the water, but large blooms are often followed by large die offs. The gas produced by these die offs pushes the algae colony up to collect at the water's surface, creating a dangerous situation.

From this point, even a gentle breeze will serve to push the algae into a concentrated layer of scum, often near the water's edge where dogs and other animals are likely to ingest it while drinking.

Signs of Algae Poisoning

The signs of algae toxicity in dogs vary, depending on whether they are triggered by nervous system toxins or liver toxins.
Signs of the presence toxins include:  Weakness and/or lethargy,  Pale mucous membranes, Bloody diarrhea, Mental instability and  Eventual death.
*This information was provided by the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.

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Theresa Greetings from Northwestern Wisconsin! I am a wife, mother, grandmother, breeder and author. I also work with helping small businesses with their website needs. Previously, I had a 25 year banking career. Retired several years ago, as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and Business Development Director for a financial institution. I have owned and raised dogs and cats for over 40 years. In 2007, we started to show and raise Australian Terriers. We now have 10 Australian Terriers and 1 Australian Shepherd an a Great Pyrenees. Breeder of Multiple Best in Show Aussies. We own and have bred some of the top Australian Terriers in the USA. We have bred and co-own the 16th and 17th Best in Show Australian Terrier in America he held the #1 in All-Breed in the USA in both 2013 and 2014. We have bred/own/handle the 2015 #1 Australian Terrier in the USA Jake who also won his first Best in Show with my 15 year old daughter Ellie handling him. Jake is only the 2nd "red" Australian Terrier to ever win a BIS. Breeder of 2 Australian Terriers to Win Best of Breed Westminster 2014 and 2015. We have Championed many Aussies and we have Champions in training, that being said, our dogs are first and foremost our companions. I take my role as a breeder very seriously. I support health testing and temperament testing as well as evaluating proper conformation prior to breeding. We believe in breeding for quality not quantity. We do not ship our puppies. Regardless of whether your puppy comes from us or not I hope you find our site a helpful resource. If you have questions about our program or about the Aussie Terrier, please e-mail me or give me a call@ 715-689-2675. Thanks for visiting us! Blessings, Theresa