Many people have been talking about the Swimmer’s itch outbreak at Pyramid Lake. We have gotten a couple of cases where clients have asked about what could happen to their pet’s who have been swimming out there. This bacterial bloom poses a potential risk to people and dogs. Since dogs drink much more water than we do when we go to the lake, it would be prudent to keep them out of the water when spending time at Pyramid Lake until the water temperatures return to lower levels. There aren’t any beach closures, but they are advising people to avoid the warmest water at shallow beaches, particularly at the North Nets, South Nets and Long Beach areas.

Though in humans swimmer’s itch primarily affects the skin, in dogs this can also cause gastrointestinal problems. Symptoms of a dog’s infection may be pustules and itching on the skin and diarrhea with mucus and blood.  Your pet may become very thin due to this diarrhea and a loss of appetite. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms please give us a call and bring them in.

Read more: Swimmer’s Itch on Dogs | eHow.com