Pet Health Alert: Blue-Green Algae Bloom in the Charles River

Whether they are sun worshippers or are simply trying to escape their un-air conditioned third floor walk-ups in the heart of Boston and hoping to catch a breeze, the area along the Charles River in Boston has attracted lots of people and their pets during this week’s blistering heat. If you are one to let your pets romp in the water to cool off a bit, you might want to think twice over the next several weeks.

he Massachusetts Department of Public Health today announced a bloom of blue-green algae along the Longfellow Bridge. People and pets should avoid any water that appears bright green or has visible bright green strands.

When blue-green algae dies, it releases a toxin that is harmful to both humans and animals. It can cause gastrointestinal problems, rashes, and problems with the ears, nose, and throat. Even if you do not see the bright green strands, be cautious because the toxins can remain in the water for up to three weeks after the strands have disappeared. If your pet has been in contact with blue-green algae, contact us and we can help.

For more than 20 years, Willard Veterinary Clinic has provided dedicated veterinary care for the communities of Quincy, Boston, Dorchester, Milton, Braintree, Weymouth, Canton, Randolph, Hingham, Abington, Hanover, and Rockland. Contact us to see why we’re different!

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