There is currently an red alert toxic algae warning in place for Waikanae River at Jim Cooke Park due to high levels of toxic algae being observed. Current conditions are unsafe for swimming and we recommend keeping your dog away from the river because toxic algae represents a very real risk to human and animal health.
If you have been in contact with toxic algae and are feeling unwell see your doctor or ring Healthline 0800 611 116. If you think your dog has swallowed toxic algae, take it to the nearest vet immediately.
To remind yourself what toxic algae looks like see https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/potentially-toxic-algae/ or https://www.gw.govt.nz/environment/freshwater/swimming-water-quality/toxic-algae/