The warming temperatures and excess nutrients that are found in the waters of Red Rock Lake prove to have been the perfect ingredients for a disastrous recipe, which concluded with toxic blue-green algae taking over the lake and making ill several pets that bathed in the lake.
Although there exist several species of blue-green algae , many of which are not toxic, those who grace the surface of the Red Rock Lake are indeed very dangerous to both humans as well as animals. Therefore, the MPCA issued a warning to prevent children from interacting with the dangerous plants and to make sure that pet owners keep their animals away from that lake.
Their vigilance is justified given the fact that the early bloom of toxic blue-green algae has already made a few victims. Meaning that one dog was killed and another has become seriously ill, after playing in the lake.
The toxic blue-green algae can cause several medical problems if humans come into contact with it. For instance, if a person swims in an area with this type of algae, their skin will become irritated, they might get skin rashes or hives. The person`s eyes will get irritated, they`ll have a runny nose and a throat irritation.
Should a person swallow any water infected by toxic blue-green algae, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, headaches and muscle pain, will be some of the common symptoms that the person could experience.
For dogs, however, matters are a bit more serious, as they can lick the water of their body which is infected by the algae. Dogs also experience more severe symptoms such as seizures and convulsions. Therefore, it is advised that if a dog comes into contact with water infected by toxic blue-green algae, their owner should hose the dog with water so as to avoid infection.
The MPCAA says that not much can be done to clean the Red Rock Lake from these toxic algae that have begun blooming, because the habitat found in the lake right now is a great catalyst for their growth.
There remains only one thing to do and that is to wait for the weather conditions to shift and disrupt their growth. So, some rainfalls, wind shifts or cooler temperatures, would be more than welcome in the Douglas County, near Kensington, where the Red Rock Lake is located
Until, the water conditions improve, the MPCAA warning remains into effect. If you believe that your pet might have come into contact with toxic blue-green algae, take him to a vet in order to have him checked out.
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