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Vets issue warning following spike in blue-green algae reports
"We are hearing of increasing numbers of blue-green algae sightings across the UK."
Dog owners urged to keep pets on a lead around water bodies suspected of the toxin. 

Pet owners are being warned to take extra precautions when out walking their dogs following a surge in reports of toxic blue-green algae across the UK.

The call from the British Veterinary Association comes after the death of a British bulldog, linked to blue-green algae exposure in the Lake District.

British Veterinary Association president Daniella Dos Santos said: “We are hearing of increasing numbers of blue-green algae sightings across the UK during this warm summer. We know that some dogs enjoy nothing better than a paddle in a cool lake while on a walk, but we’d urge pet owners to keep their dog on a lead during walks near water confirmed to have toxic algal blooms."

The BVA is calling on pet owners to look out for any warning signs put up by the Environment Agency and to keep pets on a lead when around water bodies that are known or suspected of blue-green algae bloom.

Ms Santos added: “There is currently no known antidote for the toxins, so prompt veterinary treatment is the only way to tackle their effects and ensure a good chance of recovery for your pet. If you suspect your dog has been exposed to blue-green algae, seek emergency veterinary treatment as soon as possible."

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Tickets on sale for horse welfare conference

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 Tickets are now on sale for the 'Welfare and Performance of the Ridden Horse' conference, due to take place at Nottingham University on Saturday, 11 December 2021.

World-renowned researchers, including Prof. Hilary Clayton and Dr Sue Dyson, will deliver the latest research updates. There will also be interactive Q&A sessions throughout the day, interactive polls and a fun evening of entertainment.

Organisers say that in the event of further coronavirus restrictions, day tickets will be transferred to livestream tickets. For more information about the conference and to book your place, click here.  

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According to Pig World, 20 outbreaks have been identified in two districts - Brandenburg, where the original case confirmed on September 10 was found, and near the town of Neuzelle, some 7.5 km away.

The finding represents a further seven cases confirmed by Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute. A Central Crisis Team has been established to coordinate the response to the outbreak.