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Is That Water Safe For Your Dog to Swim? Simple Test for Deadly Blue-Green Algae

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Alarming news headlines have told of the sudden deaths of dogs that swam in waters that contained the deadly hepatotoxins that are found in blue-green algae.

Until recently the only way to be sure that waters were safe for pets was to conduct expensive tests that took days to provide results. But now 5Strands® Affordable Testing is offering a simple yet accurate and affordable blue-green algae test that will provide reliable results within as little as ten minutes.

“Blue-green algae is a growing deadly concern across the United States,” says Lisa Blaurock, President and Founder of 5Strands® Affordable Testing. “Not only can it make humans sick it can be deadly for dogs that swim in waters where it grows. You may or may not be able to see blue-green algae blooms in lakes, ponds or streams, so the only sure way to be safe is to test the water.”

Blue-green algae are microscopic organisms found in all types of water. In warm, nutrient-rich environments they can multiply very rapidly forming a bloom that can sometimes be seen as a foam, scum or mats particularly when wind blows them to the shoreline. Blue-green algae blooms can form anytime, but most often form in late summer or early fall when the water is warm and there is a source of nutrients such as fertilizer runoff or septic tank overflows.

The toxins produced by blue-green algae are some of the most powerful natural poisons known today. They can make people, their pets and other animals sick. There are currently no remedies to counteract the effects and the toxins can produce death in dogs in a matter of minutes, after drinking the affected water.

So how can people protect their families and pets from this deadly toxin?

Until now the national Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended, “when in doubt, it’s best to keep out.” But now a consortium of Finnish scientist at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Turku have developed a simple and effective test which can provide results in as little as ten minutes. Using a sample of water and an easy to read test cassette people can be sure that the water contains no toxins.

Blue-green algae has been confirmed in all 50 states, putting pets and people across the nation at risk. 5Strands® Affordable Testing offers the ONLY rapid and reliable test which can provide peace-of-mind for families and their pets.

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