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This summer, look for algae blooms to protect pets

The internet has been abuzz with dogs having a fatal reaction to algae blooms in lakes around the country.

Although officials are not aware of any blue-green algae blooms in any city waters, Peachtree City Engineer Dave Borkowski has provided the following information in a special update from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to help prevent problems for pets and their owners that come into contact with harmful algal blooms.

“Warm temperatures, still waters, and plenty of sunlight can promote the growth of blooms that can range in color from blue-green, bright green, or red. When the bacteria blooms, it can look like foam, scum, or spilled paint and may give off a pungent or musty smell. Blooms can occur at any location within a lake or reservoir, but are most commonly reported near shorelines,” EPD officials said.

The EPD offered a helpful list to further protect you and your pets.

The most serious health effects are caused by drinking or swimming in contaminated water. Skin irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea are common symptoms for people and dogs.