og homeowners have been issued a warning after a variety of animals died after consuming water from a “poisonous lake” in East London.
A press release on Highams Park Information learn: “Warning issued for Highams Park lake as Poisonous algae discovered.
“The Council has been made conscious of a variety of canine dying after (it’s believed) they drank from Highams Park Lake.
“Put up mortem outcomes present the presence of a poisonous Blue/Inexperienced Algae.
“The Metropolis of London Company, which manages Epping Forest, is warning guests towards swimming, fishing or taking canine into the water at Highams Park Lake till testing for suspected poisonous blue-green algae blooms have been accomplished.”
It comes after animal welfare charities warned canine homeowners of poisonous algae constructing in waterways through the heatwave final month.
Blue Cross charity mentioned blue-green algae can produce dangerous toxins which cease a canine’s liver from functioning correctly.
The charity mentioned: “Publicity to poisonous blue-green algae is usually deadly, and may trigger long run well being issues in canine that survive after consuming or swimming in algae-contaminated water.
“Name your vet instantly should you suspect poisoning. Some sorts of blue-green algae can kill a canine simply quarter-hour to an hour after consuming contaminated water.
“Canine who’ve been swimming in water can get the algae caught of their fur, and might ingest it whereas cleansing themselves in a while.”
Widespread signs of algae consumption embody vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures or becoming, unconsciousness, confusion, drooling and respiratory difficulties.
“There isn’t a antidote for the toxins produced by the micro organism, but when caught early sufficient, your vet will probably attempt to make your canine sick and try to flush the toxins from the physique earlier than they take maintain,” the Blue Cross added.
Within the UK, incidents of blue-green algae will be reported to the Surroundings Company which has a 24-hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.