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Why Toxic Blue-Green Algae Blooms Have Killed 4 Dogs This Week

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The U.S. EPA is advising dog parents to keep their pets out of algae-covered ponds and lakes at the moment, due to risk of death via toxic blue-green algae. Four dogs have already passed away in the past week after playing in the water and ingesting the algae, which causes seizures and liver damage. Here's everything you need to know about the blue-green algae bloom, how to avoid it, how to treat a possible poisoning, and more.

On Thursday, Aug. 8, Melissa Martin and Denise Mintz took their dogs to a pond in Wilmington, N.C. — and 15 minutes after leaving, their dog Abby had a seizure, CNN reported. The dogs were all rushed to the hospital, and pretty soon, the other two dogs, Izzy and Harpo (who was Martin's therapy dog) were also having seizures. All three dogs started experiencing liver failure, and within a few hours, the vet had to put them each down. Martin's veterinarian said that the blue-green algae was the cause of death, as per CNN.