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Lungworm in dogs

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014

Have you seen the new TV advert for lung worm?

I personally know of a dog which sadly died from a lungworm infection and the owner was understandably devastated because she was unaware that the regular wormer she used was not effective against lung worm.  

Over-the-counter wormers can kill roundworms and tapeworms (the most common type of worms in dogs) but wormers which kill lungworm are currently prescription only medicines so they must be obtained from your vet. A couple of brands include Advocate and Milbemax.

The larvae of the lungworm is carried by slugs, snails and frogs and very tiny slugs and snails can be eaten by your dog when he/she eats grass, drinks from water outside or plays with a toy left outdoors.

Symptoms of a lungworm infection can be quite vague and include a lack of appetite, digestive upset and breathing difficulties including coughing. As the lungworm larvae grow and move around the body they can cause haemorrhages, seizures and death.

To learn more about lungworm including the symptoms to watch out for this is a great website: http://www.lungworm.co.uk/learn-about-lungworm

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