Lungworm is the hot topic of the moment and quite rightly so as its one of the the most dangerous parasites your pet can contract.
What is Lungworm?
Angiostronguylus vasorum or as it is commonly known “lung worm” is a type of parasite that can cause serious health problems and even be fatal if not diagnosed or treated.
How can be dog pick up Lungworm?
Slugs and snails are the intemediate host of the parasite therefore your dog needs to ingest one of these pests to be at risk of contracting the disease. This can be either done so purposely or accidentally when digging through soil, eating grass and from drinking out of puddles/drains/outdoor water dishes.
What are the clinical signs of Lungworm?
Unfortunately, the clinical signs of lung worm are often vague but if your pet develops any of the following symptoms we recommend contacting us immediately;
* abnormal behaviour
* general sickness – vomiting/diarrhoea/inappetance
* breathing difficulties
* prolonged or poor blood clotting
How does Lungworm spread?
As mentioned above lungworm is spread after ingestion of a snail, slug or potentially after swallowing the slime. Dogs are more in contact with these garden pests than what you would think and even if they do not purposely chose to eat them they could accidentally swallow one. Spring and Autumn are the 2 most prevalent seasons for slug and snail activity.
How can I prevent Lungworm in my pet?
Lungworm can be prevented very easily by using either a Moxidectin Spot on or a Milbemycin preparation every 4 weeks.
If my pet develops Lungworm can it be treated?
The answer is mixed to this question. If diagnosed and treated early then your pet has a better chance of recovery. However, there are still many dogs that will die of lungworm each year because early clinical signs were missed.
Can my cat develop Lungworm?
Cats are infected by a different lungworm from the same family called Aelurostrongylus abstrusus. Fortunately, this parasite is not readily seen in the UK.
Can I catch Lungworm from my pet?
No Lungworm (unlike round and tape worms) cannot be passed to humans.
For more information on Lungworm please visit: http://www.lungworm.co.uk