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11/07/2017 - Lungworm

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As with any disease prevention is better than cure and we would strongly recommend adding Lungworm prevention into your dog’s worming routine.

We’ve been made aware of recent reports in the local media about a rise in Lungworm in the Bristol area. We would like to reassure dog owners that we have not seen a rise in cases at our clinic but would advise that awareness of this disease is crucial to help keep your pets safe.

Lungworm is a type of parasite, which can affect dogs. Dogs contract lungworm by eating larvae found in infected snails, slugs or frogs. Dogs become infected when they eat these common garden pests accidentally or deliberately, while rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, drinking from puddles or outdoor water bowls. Sometimes they can also become infected if small slugs attach to their fur or their toys. The disease is not passed from dog to dog.

Lungworm can cause heart problems as well as breathing problems. Often, in mild cases, infection goes completely unnoticed.

Diagnosing lungworm can be difficult as its symptoms are often related to many other possible illnesses. Symptoms include:

• Intolerance of exercise
• Difficulty breathing
• Bleeding/bruising to whites of eyes
• Nose bleeds
• Bloody urine
• Bloody stools
• Bruising of hairless skin
• Weight loss
• Chronic cough

Dr Damian Pacini , a vet at our RSPCA Bristol clinic said:
“Typically if caught early killing the worm is pretty straightforward. Often this just involves a change in the dog’s wormer. If symptoms are more advanced then there is a greater likelihood of more permanent damage. Seek advice from your vet and ensure that if you spot any symptoms of Lungworm that you take your dog to see your vet immediately."

As with any disease prevention is better than cure and we would strongly recommend adding Lungworm prevention into your dog’s worming routine. Always speak to your vet because not all worming products are effective against this particular parasite.

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