Blue Green Algae Reference Guide
The WA State Department of Health has prepared a reference guide for veterinarians who are treating pets exposed to toxic algae. Green Lake in Seattle is the second WA lake in the past two weeks the WSVMA has been notified about as having toxic algae blooms. Dog owners should be especially cautious not to allow animals to go in or drink from the lake. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to promptly rinse the dog well to remove all algae. Dogs can also get sick from licking fur contaminated with the toxin.
The Department of Health’s reference guide includes clinical information including likely signs of exposure, differential diagnosis, and possible laboratory or other findings.