Pet Emergency of Martin County is currently working with the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Florida Department of Health to investigate 7 cases of acute hepatopathy in dogs.
Microcrystin, the toxin found in blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) has been confirmed in the tissue or urine/vomit from 3 cases
Common case details are:
- All patients have had recent exposure to the St. Lucie River
- Clinical signs/ lab abnormalities include: acute vomting, severe elevation in ALT, critically low platelet counts, coagulopathy, hypoglycemia and abdominal effusion
- Patents become critical quickly
If you have a suspected case:
- Call Poison Control at 1-888-426-4435 for specific treatment recommendations
- Collect and refrigerate vomit and urine. Liver should also be collected from deceased patients and refrigerated
- Report incidents to the CDC through the ONE Health Harmful Algal Bloom System
- Due to the critical nature of cases, referral to your local ER or Specialty Center may be warranted.