When the summer heats up lots of people head to area beaches and lakes
but there is a threat to you and your pets brewing in the water. Time
Warner Cable News reporter Lisa Chelenza has more about cyanobacteria,
and why you and your pets should avoid it, in this edition of Pet
Syracuse, NY, June 11, 2016 - Swimming in a local lake may seem like a harmless natural activity for both people and pets but certain types of bacteria can be deadly to pets and cause serious illness in humans.
is a Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystem specialist with New York Sea grant and monitors the condition of area waterways, looking for any harmful elements including evidence of cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as blue green algae.
“Blue green algae or cyanobacteria are a normal part of our waterways. When there growths become excessive it can cause problems. The problem being for dogs and people is that some of these cyanobacteria create toxins which can sick people and in some cases kill dogs,” said MacNeill.
While not all algae is toxic, it is best to avoid areas where blooms have been detected. Dogs are much more vulnerable than humans to the harmful effects of exposure to cyanobacteria, and nationally each year dozen of dogs die from exposure even after treatment.
“Very often in high doses of these toxins the animal can get sick within an hour and if you do not get them to a vet right away, they can easily die,” said MacNeill.
Symptoms to look for in humans and pets include vomiting and diarrhea, and can appear within a few minutes or a few days and severe cases can lead to seizures, liver failure, respiratory arrest and even death.
Be sure to rinse off thoroughly and do not allow your pet to ingest it by licking their paws or fur.
More Info: New York Sea Grant
New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University
and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based
programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP
engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting
scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed
to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our
aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated
services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental
sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great
Lakes resources since 1971.
New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes offices at SUNY Buffalo, the
Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark and at SUNY Oswego.
In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University
and Stony Brook Manhattan, in the Hudson Valley through Cooperative
Extension in Kingston and at Brooklyn College.
For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org
has RSS, Facebook
, and YouTube
links. NYSG also offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/coastlines
for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents
, which is published several times a year.