Keep pets safe
Working with partners, we are posting signs at lake beaches warning people to be aware and keep their pets out of the water if algae is present. If your pet goes in or near water where an algae bloom is present, do not let them lick their fur and immediately rinse them with tap water. Don’t forget to rinse your hands and any exposed skin after rinsing your pet.
Toxic algae can produce toxins that can make people and pets sick, and even be fatal for pets. It’s possible for toxins to be present even if you can’t see algae in the water. If your pet goes in or near the water at a King County lake, we recommend monitoring them for these symptoms: low energy, not eating, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, or seizures. Symptoms will typically occur within minutes to hours after exposure. If your pet becomes ill, call your veterinarian immediately.