What do you know about Lungworm? This parasitic disease can be found throughout the UK and owners should be aware of the signs as leaving it floating about in your dog's body can have dire consequences.
First off, what causes Lungworm? This disease is caused by a parasite called Angiostrongylus vasorum
that is carried by slugs and snails. Dogs come in contact with it by eating these snails and slugs, either by accident when they play around outside or on purpose, we know all too well that some dogs love seeking out exotic snacks!
Because snails and slugs thrive in damp and relatively warm weather, Spring is one of their high seasons and they will be lurking in a lot of places outside so do keep an eye out on what your dog is doing and eating outside.
Signs of a Lungworm infection include:
- Breathing difficulties;
- Trouble clotting blood;
- Getting tired easily;
- Weight loss;
If you see any of these signs, take him or her to the vet for a check-up! If left untreated, these parasites can be fatal but fortunately treatment and prevention is possible and most dogs recover well if treated on time.
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