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GoFundMe exceeds goal to raise money for blue-green algae awareness

GoFundMe exceeds goal to raise money for blue-green algae awareness”

Canine lovers Melissa Martin and Denise Mintz of Wilmington, North Carolina let their dogs - Harpo, a mixed breed doodle and two West Highland white terriers named Abby and Lizzy - take a swim in a local pond Thursday night. 'We need your prayers.

Both of the toxins act fast and cause severe health problems that can lead to death hours, and sometimes minutes, after a dog accidentally ingests algal bloom water.

Dog owners in the Southeast are spreading the word about the dangers of contaminated water following the deaths of their beloved pets. In a series of heartbreaking posts on Facebook, she detailed how an afternoon of fun turned tragic. The couple drover her to the emergency room, and unfortunately, she passed away there.

On top of that, it can be hard to detect where algae blooms have formed.

"It can cause anything from vomiting, diarrhea, to stiffness, to seizures, and then of course death", Gruchow said. Nitrogen and phosphorus enter bodies of water as a result of human activities, such as agriculture, imperfect wastewater systems, fossil fuels, fertilizers, and the use of soaps and detergents containing those nutrients.

"They contracted blue green algae poisoning and there was nothing they could do".

"Your typical lay person will not be able to tell one algae from another, or a good from a bad", Aubel told the outlet.

There have been no reports at this time of any pets or animals dying from the toxic algae in New Jersey. The toxic algae is usually blue, green, brown, or red, with a slimy texture and often a terrible smell, the EPA noted.

About 30 minutes later, while driving home, Morgan Fleming said: "We noticed her making weird noises and she threw up and pooped in the auto".

Martin and Mintz go on to promise in the post that they would begin an initiative to set signs up near bodies of water that are contaminated with the deathly algae, and have created a GoFundMe page to raise money to do so. 'We must warn other pups and families about this blue-green algae.it's deadly.it's fatal'.

Some of the health complications dogs can experience include, lethargy, lack of appetite, tremors or seizures.

If your dog somehow makes contact with the algae, rinse them off immediately (while wearing gloves).

Martin told CNN that she didn't notice the algae at first, but, as she learned from her veterinarian, what appeared to be debris from flowers was actually blooms of cyanobacteria.



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