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Killer Algae

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  • Killer Algae

    All the news reports of dogs who died from swimming in ponds with killer algae makes me worry. What about horses? What about the algae in my water tank? I put cider vinegar in my horses' water so that when I travel I can add the vinegar to their water in hopes they will drink more/ mask the unfamiliar flavor. Does this help algae? Any thoughts?

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    I called my vet about this. The short answer is "No", blue green algae blooms aren't dangerous - as long as you don't use ponds and lakes as your water source. Those that use ponds and lakes should use another water source for their horses during algae season and not allow their dogs to swim in them. Dogs are much more susceptible to the poisoning. Thankfully, mine aren't swimmers and my ponds are not accessible to my horses.

    My vet said that regular cleaning of typical water troughs would prevent any issues/dangers. Blue Green algae (cyanobacteria) needs nitrates and nitrites to grow to thrive. So unless your horse is pooping in the water trough often, and its not being promptly cleaned, the typical algae in the water trough is not dangerous.
    ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~

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      I found this article the other night when they had on the news about more dogs tragically dying from algae poisoning. I thought it was very good.

      https://ker.com/equinews/avoid-risks...e-green-algae/
      ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~

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