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Algae, Rabies, Dogs Health


Problem predicted! Keep dogs away from stagnant ponds or lake shores and if you have a water feature in your yard make sure it is algae tested.


Be aware of deadly cyanobacteria algae, adopting rabies risk and how dogs aid human health.


Algae Warning Summer 2023 - WGNTV in Florida warned “Harmful algal blooms typically begin popping up on Lake Okeechobee in spring or early summer, but testing by Florida DEP detected an extra-early ...” ~



No matter where you live, keep your dogs away from stagnant ponds and lake shores and if you have a water feature in your yard make sure it is algae tested. In the summer of 2019 there were deadly cyanobacteria algae outbreaks reported in GA, NC, TX and DE.


The potentially fatal algae may be present in any body of “still water.” If you note foam or scum on the water, do not allow your dog to enter or drink the water.


AKC Judge Fred Lanting, who travels extensively, warned of this algae thing in 2019 when “The issue got national attention when North Carolina's Melissa Martin posted on Facebook about how all three of her dogs died after swimming in a Wilmington pond. One began to seizure in 15 minutes, and the others soon after…


A trusted veterinary site described the blue-green algae as “...particularly deadly to dogs because they drink from stagnant shorelines and swallow large amounts of water when swimming or playing in lakes and ponds.


So what are symptoms of this hard-to-pronounce Cyanobacteria that can cause fatal seizures? Early signs may include headaches, nausea, fever, sore throat, dizziness, stomach cramps, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, muscle aches, mouth ulcers, and blistering of the lips. ~ Fox News, CNN August 2019


Another Risk Is "Adopting Rabies."

In May of 2019 the CDC issued a rabies warning on dogs entering the U.S. from Egypt and suspended importation from that country. “In 2023 Rabies, one of the deadliest zoonotic diseases, accounts for an estimated 59,000 human deaths globally each year... which equates to one human death every 9 minutes. The virus can infect any mammal, and once clinical signs appear, the disease is usually fatal.~ Federal Register.


We are more careful in 2023 and thankfully, good people are saving American dogs instead of seeking fame from importing dogs from other countries. They must have noted that The Wall Street Journal reported 15 people had to be treated for rabies after being bitten by an (imported) puppy that was infected.


Indeed, there is significant risk in adopting a dog of unknown health and background. Reality is that stray dogs, impounded or rescue dogs, are more likely to be infected with dangerous diseases so insist on veterinary quarantine and their medical records or buy from a reputable dog breeder.


As much as we love all animals, your health and that of your family must take precedence. Rescuing dogs and other animals has become "the thing to do" in 2023 and that is a good thing but staff advises caution.


But Beware Of Rabid Squirrels:

Reports of rabies-infected squirrels in NYC’s Central Park were exaggerated in 2019 but caution and common sense go together. A few years ago many newspapers screamed warnings of rabid squirrels attacking people but according to the NY Post, ABC, and the WSJ they were totally false.



 “Since starting rabies surveillance in 1992, it has never identified a squirrel with rabies.~ ABC NY and “the city has never found a squirrel to have rabies since it began shriveling the animals in 1992…~ WSJ


We are not sure what "shriveling" means other than that the WSJ has some weird writers. We think that meant reducing the numbers, not shriveling squirrels...


Dogs Aid Human Health:

Multiple medical sources confirm that owning a dog lowers blood pressure, slows heart rate, provides mental and physical stimulation and improves human health overall. That is why dogs are the #1 animal used for therapy work. In fact, petting a dog releases the bonding-love hormone oxytocin and “…helps your body release a relaxation hormone and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone.~


We hope this summer is your best yet and that you adopt a homeless dog and discover how it comforts you, encourages exercise, and improves your overall health. EST 2002 © Aug 2018-23053



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