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Lungworm can be fatal to dogs

Monday, July 04, 2016

Lungworm can be fatal to dogs and it is easier than you’d think for your dog to become infected.

Lungworm (also known as Angiostrongylus vasorum) is a parasite commonly carried by slugs and snails. Dogs can become infected when they eat these pests (either intentionally or accidentally) or if they come in to contact with their slime trial.

Symptoms of lungworm in dogs

Some dogs do not show visible signs of a lungworm infection, however, here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Coughing
  • Tiring easily
  • Nose bleeds
  • Excessive bleeding (even from minor wounds)
  • Anaemia
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
  • Lethargy and depression  

How to prevent lungworm

Lungworm can be easily prevented by using a monthly spot on or tablet treatment. These are available from your veterinary practice, and are very much encouraged as part of your pet’s regular prevention treatment. Speak to your local surgery for more information or to check if your dog is protected against lungworm.

Lungworm.co.uk has a number of stories about pet owners whose dogs have been affected by a lungworm infection, read them here now.


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