Dog owners advised to watch out for 'toxic' algae in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 13:09 24 July 2019 | UPDATED: 13:09 24 July 2019

Pay attention during the hot weather to algae that can effect dogs. Picture: Pixabay.

Pay attention during the hot weather to algae that can effect dogs. Picture: Pixabay.

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Dog owners are advised to keep a look out for blue/green algae while visiting parks near WGC.

Both Tarmac and Better GLL, who run Panshanger and Stanborough park respectively, say the algae is toxic and can harm dogs.

A Tarmac spokeswoman said: "The Panshanger Ranger Team are regularly monitoring the waterbodies within Panshanger Park for blue/green algae which is naturally occurring and can 'bloom' when the weather conditions are right, i.e. during prolonged periods of hot, dry weather.

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"We will be putting out further signs around the park strongly advising dog owners to keep their dogs out of the water.

"Unfortunately there isn't a treatment that we can use at this time to reduce the amount of algae as this is a natural process that needs to run its course."

There are no toxic algal blooms in Stanborough Lakes ,but a spokesman for GLL/Better said: "Dog owners are requested not to let their animals into the water."

For more information on what to do if your dog is poisoned, go to the RSPCA website at: rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/health/poisoning

And for dog advice during the hot weather, check out: rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/seasonal/summer/dogs

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