Kansas Hunters Watch Where Your Dog Goes
Kansas Bureau of Environmental Health is warning hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to look at the water before their dog gets into it. Saturday is the beginning of waterfowl season, and with this comes the cautionary message to look at the water before allowing your dog in.
Blue-green algae is in some of the reservoirs and bodies of water in Kansas. The drought, calm weather, and warmth has made the stagnant bodies of water perfect homes for the blue green algae. This has proven fatal for at least four dogs over the summer. If ingested it is fatal for most animals, but dogs seem most vulnerable. The algae is not expected to die off until water temperatures drop to 50 to 60 degrees.
If the water looks green or slimy, or has a bad smell do not let your dog get in there. When retrieving a bird the dog could drink some of the water, also if the algae blooms get on the dog he could ingest them when cleaning himself later. "What I would tell a hunter is to pay attention. Take a towel and wipe the dog off if it gets wet and take along some clean water," Tom Langer, Kansas Bureau of Environmental Health director said, "It's all pretty much common sense stuff." From The Wichita Eagle.