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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Algae Toxin That Can Kill Dogs Discovered in 2 Montgomery County Lakes


Montgomery Parks urged dog owners to keep their pets on a leash and out of the lakes

There are elevated levels of a toxic substance that could be deadly to dogs and harmful to people in two lakes in Montgomery County, Maryland, officials say.

Blue-green algae released the toxin microcystin in Lake Needwood and Lake Frank in Rock Creek Regional Park.

If ingested, microcystin can cause liver damage to people and pets.

The toxin often appears at the lakes during the summer.

"An algal bloom toxicity can be very dangerous and possibly lethal if not treated when clinical signs start occurring," Dr. Matthew Antokowiak, a veterinarian at AtlasVet in Washington, D.C., previously told News4 in 2017. 

Montgomery Parks said in a statement Tuesday that pet owners should keep their dogs on leashes and not allow them to drink or come into contact with the water.

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