A special alert from Whole Dog Journal:
Freshwater ponds, lakes and streams could be deadly to your water dog if they contain toxins borne by blue-green algae.
If the water where your dog swims looks cloudy, with a green or blue-green cast, you should suspect a dangerous overgrowth of blue-green algae, and prevent your dog from ingesting the water.
Whole Dog Journal has confirmed a recent report, currently in wide circulation in dog-related e-mail lists, from a Michigan dog owner whose nine-month-old Border Collie, Vita, died shortly after swimming in a pond near Fenton, Missouri. Click here to read the full story.
Please, please be very careful of where you let your dog swim!