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Lungworm in Dogs: What You Need to Know

Posted by Lyndon Basha in News | Article permalink on Apr 24 2017

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. dogLungworm 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.

Lungworm Symptoms

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.