Taking your dog for a swim at the lake or a pond can be so much fun! Many dogs love water and enjoy a refreshing swim on a hot day! But during certain times of the summer, you may notice that lakes and ponds may develop a greenish scum on top. Can this green water make a dog sick?
Has your dog drunk some green water? Are you worried the green water will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog drinks something like this.
In this article, we’ve put together some information about green water and whether or not it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Green Water?
Water that is green or a bluish-green color can be toxic to dogs. This is because there are certain types of algae and bacteria that can overgrow and produce toxins that are poisonous to dogs, humans, and other animals. If the overgrowth is large, it’s possible the algae/bacteria may even pollute the water.
Not all green or blue-green algae produce toxins; however, it’s very difficult to tell between these algae. So, it’s best to consider the green or blue-green water to be toxic.
Green water of this type is most common in the hot, sunny part of the year. This can be from mid-July through the first part of September. You’ll usually find green algae in water that’s not moving, such as in lakes and ponds.
What happens if a dog drinks green water?
Green Water & Dogs
As noted earlier, green or blue-green water may contain algae that produce toxins. These toxins can be poisonous to dogs.
Symptoms of Green Water Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has drunk green water:
- Excessive drooling
- Respiratory failure
- Liver failure
If you know for sure, or suspect, that your dog has drunk green water, then call the vet immediately. This is a medical emergency.
The prognosis is best for dogs who receive fast medical care after drinking green water. So, be sure to call the vet right away. Your dog’s life may depend on it!
Prevention is Always Best
Prevention is always the best way to keep your dog safe. Avoid letting your dog swim in or near water that has turned green. Remember to keep your fur baby from drinking green water, too!