Lungworm in Dogs: What You Need to Know
Lungworm is a parasite worm otherwise known as Angiostrongylus Vasorum. As an adult it lives in the heart and blood vessels that supply the lungs in dogs. Lungworm is now present throughout much of the UK.
How dogs get Lungworm
The larvae of the lungworm parasite are carried by slugs and snails. Dogs can become infected if they purposefully or accidentally eat slugs and snails. Dogs of all ages and breeds can become infected.
After infection, the worm causes progressively worsening signs of cardiac and respiratory disease. This could be seen as things such as a chronic cough, exercise intolerance, difficulty breathing and weight loss. Lungworm can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health, please speak to your vet.
How to Prevent/Treat Lungworm
Killing the worm is relatively simple. There are a few anti-parasite products you can get from your vet which control Lungworm. It is easy to add into your normal worming routine.
If you’re are unsure how ‘at risk’ your dog is likely to be, speak to your vet who can recommend the most appropriate plan for you and your pet.