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Protect your pets from toxic blue-green algae

Summer months predicted to increase blooms

COLFAX — Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine has recently warned locals about the dangerous effects that toxic algae can have on pets.

As summer temperatures rise, the risk of toxic blue-green algae, or cyanobacterial blooms, increases in waterways.

According to WSU, these blooms can be fatal to pets and can cause death within 15-20 minutes of exposure. Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, are microscopic organisms that thrive in warm, stagnant, and nutrient-rich freshwater bodies, conditions often exacerbated by phosphorus and nitrogen from fertilizer runoff.



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