The Cotswold Water Park Trust has issued fresh warnings to people visiting lakes in the area following an algal bloom which has the potential to kill a dog in 15 minutes.
The bacteria – known as blue-green algae – is currently present in a number of North Wiltshire and closeby Gloucestershire lakes, including at Neigh Bridge Country Park and Cleveland Lakes.
It can prove fatal to both humans and animals, with many dogs succumbing to it over the years. Whilst not all blue-green algae is harmful, it is impossible – without testing – to determine whether it is safe or not. The bacteria can often not be seen with the naked eye until it clumps together.
A Blue Cross spokesperson said: “Blooms of blue-green algae can produce harmful toxins which stop a dog’s liver from functioning properly. However, not all types of blue-green algae are dangerous.
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