Lungworm infection in dogs is spreading across the UK and leads to a disease called Angiostrongylosis and it can be fatal.
The lungworm parasite spends part of its lifecycle in slugs, snails and even frogs. The danger to dogs arises when small slugs or snails are either purposefully or accidentally eaten while rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, or taken up when drinking from puddles or an outdoor water bowl.
It has a wide range of symptoms which can make it difficult to diagnose.
A small percentage of dogs are hidden carriers and show no symptoms at all
Owners who notice any of these symptoms, or whose dogs might eat slugs or snails should contact us for an immediate consultation. The sooner the disease is spotted, the easier it is to treat and the more likely the dog will go on to make a full recovery.
The disease is not treated using conventional worming tablets, but a prescription-only spot-on product is used which can be obtained from one of our clinics.
This treatment controls other worms, fleas and mites, meaning you can treat lungworm and a number of common parasites all at the same time.
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