February 2020: Vets4Pets Blog

February 28 2020

Look out for signs of lungworm

Lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) is a worm which affects dogs and foxes. It is picked up through contact with slugs and snails as this is where part of their life stage occurs. 

Although dogs that eat slugs are clearly at risk, even drinking from an outside bowl of water that snails have moved over can lead to infection. Frogs can also be a carrier of the larvae. 

Lungworms live in the heart and in the blood vessels of the dog’s lungs, and can cause problems such as coughing, difficulty keeping up with normal exercise and in later stages clotting problems and seizures. Whilst lungworm is uncommonly seen in comparison to other parasites, unfortunately signs can be very subtle until it is too late, so we always advise prevention as part of routine parasite treatment.

Currently, vets are the only ones who can prescribe treatments that have been licensed to kill lungworm. If you contact your vets they will not only be able to prescribe your dog a good quality treatment, but will be able to advise you on the best parasite prevention for your pet based on their lifestyle so you know all the important things are covered! 

Complete Care offers a comprehensive parasite prevention pack which includes, flea, tick, round/tape/lungworm cover.

We hope this is of help to dog owners, and should you have any further questions we would be more than happy to help. 

Feel free to call us on 0117 961 6417 for more information.

Look out for signs of lungworm