I am not a dog owner but thought those have have posted under this subject may be interested in tonights edition of The Nottingham Evening Post.
Water to be tested after reports of second dog dying after Sherwood Forest walks
THE ENVIRONMENT Agency is to test samples of water from Sherwood Forest after reports of dogs dying following walks there.
At least two dogs have died this autumn, while a eight died this time a year ago having walked there.
A spokeswoman for the agency said they planned to test whether poisonous blue green algae was present.
But Rainworth vet Janice Dixon said the cause of death for the dogs remained a mystery after taking the samples of nine dogs which had fallen ill.
She said: "We don't know what it is yet. It could be a toxin, fungus or algae. We can't rule anything out."
However Ms Dixon is concerned that the heavy amount of rain Nottingham has had in the last few days may dilute the algae.
One of the dogs which died this autumn is believed to have swam at Vicar Water near Clipstone.
The dogs that have been affected are Cocker Spaniels, Springer Spaniels and Cavaliers and were all in healthy condition before they fell ill overnight.
Their symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea and excessive salivation.
Ms Dixon said: "Those breeds of dogs like sniffing along the floor. I have not had a dog that walks with their nose in the air brought in with these symptoms."
Ms Dixon added that if algae or fungus is responsible, controlling it would be very difficult.