Lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) is a particularly nasty parasitic worm that can cause serious health problems and, sadly, can even be fatal to dogs.
Unfortunately, whilst it used to be confined to certain areas, it has now spread throughout much of the UK, and new cases are being reported in many different areas of the country.
The good news is that if it is caught in time it is treatable. And even better, it can be prevented.
Slugs and snails can carry lungworm larvae, and dogs become infected when they eat these infected molluscs, which can happen intentionally or accidentally when dogs rummage through undergrowth, eat grass or drink from puddles or outdoor water bowls etc. Lungworm larvae can also be released into the slime trail; meaning areas a slug has crawled over could pose a potential risk. Once swallowed, the larvae travel to the dog’s heart where they develop into adult lungworms. Frogs can also carry the larvae, posing an additional risk to dogs.
Lungworm used to be found only in certain ‘hotspots’ in the UK, mainly in the South of England and Wales. However, recent studies show that lungworm is spreading throughout much of the UK
Make sure your dog is protected against this sneaky parasite. If you aren't sure if they are protected against Lungworm, please give us a call for advice.
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At Vale Vets we have experienced staff on the premises around the clock every day of the year. This enables us to deal with surgical and medical emergencies that arise during the night, as well as continued monitoring and care of hospitalised and ill patients.
We are fortunate at Vale Vets to have an amazing team of committed, talented and enthusiastic staff.
We are an RCVS approved veterinary hospital with a team of friendly vets and qualified nurses who are available 24/7