by Lester Graham, MichiganRadio.org

What happens if your dog likes to swim in the lake, but there might be toxins in the water?

It can happen in a local lake or somewhere like the western basin of Lake Erie. Toxin-producing cyanobacteria appear. Some people still call it blue-green algae.

“Starting like late July, early August it starts to look like liquid guacamole,” said Bill Braunlich, who lives right on Lake Erie near LaSalle, Michigan. He and his husband Michael Meyer own a Bahamian Potcake dog named Ruby.

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