GoFundMe exceeds goal to raise money for blue-green algae awareness

Three dogs die hours after swimming in pond with toxic algae

Three dogs die hours after swimming in pond with toxic algae

"I wish I could do today over", Martin continues. Now, their owners say they hope their loss will educate fellow dog lovers about the risky blooms. One began have a seizure in 15 minutes, and the others soon after, reports CNN.

Then, Harpo, a 6-year-old "doodle" mix therapy dog began to convulse and showed signs of liver failure.

By midnight on Friday, all three dogs had died, Martin said. Drinking from a body of water where blue-green algae lurks or licking it off fur can kill a dog within 15 minutes of exposure, according to Blue Cross for Pets, a United Kingdom animal charity.

Three dogs have died just a matter of hours after coming into contact with toxic algae in North Carolina, USA.

Organizers of the GoFundMe say that they want to get signs placed in front of all contaminated bodies of water to prevent the incident from happening again.

As of Monday afternoon, the page has raised over $3,300, with over 125 donations after just two days. "HABs can occur in warm fresh, marine, or brackish waters with abundant nutrients and are becoming more frequent with climate change". In addition, toxins produced by cyanobacteria can be present in waters even when an algal bloom is not visible.

A North Carolina woman is urging pet owners to use caution while visiting neighborhood ponds after her three dogs suddenly died following an apparent run-in with toxic blue-green algae.

And on Saturday, Aug. 10, a couple took their border collie Arya to play in the water at Lake Allatoona in Georgia, local Atlanta news outlet 11Alivereported.

Officials say MI is no stranger to seeing blue-green algae in our lakes.

There have been no reports at this time of any pets or animals dying from the toxic algae in New Jersey. As the dog moms rushed to get Abby to the vet, Izzy and Harpo started to seize as well.

"The toxins enter the system so quickly that the animal is usually sick before reaching medical care", adds VCA Hospitals. "It is often too late to remove the toxin".

According to Alberta Health Services, ingestion of blue-green algae may lead to skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea.

The best way to protect your pet from these lethal algal bloom is prevention.

With the heat and this summer it's the ideal recipe for algae to form in the water. However, if a health notice isn't posted, it's recommended that humans and pets avoid waters that seem murky or smell bad.

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