Oct 01 2018

Blue-Green Algae causing Hepatotoxicity in Dogs

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. 

Steve Simmons | News and Articles

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