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Austin, Texas, officials warn pet owners about algae

Officials in Austin, Texas, said pets should be kept away from area lakes and other bodies of water to avoid exposure to dihydroanatoxin, which was found in an algae sample taken last month from Lake Austin, and pets showing signs of illness after exposure to local waters should be seen by a veterinarian. Officials are also asking the public to report sightings of zebra mussels, which feed on beneficial algae and allow harmful blue-green algae to proliferate, says John Higley, CEO of a company that helps manage invasive species.

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