Maryland Department of Agriculture: Protect Animals From Blue-Green Algae.
Most algae do not produce toxins that affect wild and domestic animals, including farm animals, dogs, cats, birds, fish, snakes, and frogs. If toxins develop, the major concern is for animals, but humans may experience irritation of skin after contact with blue-green algae or digestive upsets after swallowing it. Blue-green algae can thrive in warm, dry, and calm conditions that prevail in late summer or early fall. They are commonly found in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
Dr. Roger E. Olson, State Veterinarian, suggests that owners of animals that become sick after exposure to infested waters seek veterinary assistance. "Maryland Department of Agriculture Animal Health Laboratories are prepared to confirm the diagnosis in any animals that die," Dr. Olson said.
Animal Health Laboratories are located in Centreville, 410-758-0846, College Park, 301-935-6074, Frederick, 301-663-9528, Oakland, 301-334-2185, and Salisbury, 410-543-6610.
For more information contact Dr. Olson at the Maryland Department of Agriculture on 410-841-5810 or request Farmers' Bulletin 2275, Preventing Livestock Deaths From Blue-Green Algae Poisoning, from your local State Cooperative Extension Office.
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