Many dog owners are unaware of a disease that is spreading fast in Great Britain with fatal consequences for our dogs.
A little over half of the people in the UK with dogs are aware of lungworm While just over half of dog owners are aware of lungworm, 39 % didn’t know exactly what it is, and a further one in ten were unaware of lungworm altogether.
The parasite was thought to be limited to Southern regions, unfortunately, new research now shows that it is coming up north too, even hitting Scotland, these areas were not considered in past as a risk, So Spread the word! We need everyone who owns a dog to protect their dogs from this horrible spread.
Another worry is a third of those surveyed admitted they don’t currently give their dog any preventative treatment to protect their dog against lungworm.
The amount of cases is in the thousands and this potentially fatal disease have been reported right across the whole of the UK further to the worry is 19% of dog owners whose dog had Lungworm still didn’t fully understand what it was, and further 5% didn’t understand what it was at all.
We need to help get the message across and help dog owners to prevent the spread of this fatal disease.
There are simple steps we can take to ensure our loving family member (Our dogs) are kept safe from this. Key is preventative treatment from your local vet once a month, this is the really true way to ensure they will escape the spread.
How is this disease spread?
Parasites larvae are produced inside a dog or fox and passed through their faeces. Then Slugs and snails eat the larvae. Dogs foxes then can get by if they swallow slugs and snails or even possible the slime, they DON’T have to eat the snail or slug to get infected, any dog in the garden may come into contact with larvae by sniffing around the garden.
The risk is really very high and highly likely they will come across infected snails and slugs. It is believed in an average size garden there are around 15000 slugs and snails, the larvae can survive in the slime way after the snail has gone on its adventure possibly up to 2 weeks.
What are the symptoms?
The most common are coughing difficulty in breathing, but most worryingly is weight loss, being sick, loose stools, tiredness, bleeding excessively from small wounds or blood clotting, its always keeping an eye on your dog’s behaviour if he isn’t his self-take him to the vets.
Unfortunately, in some cases, dogs don’t show any clear signs for a very long time, or if they do, they can be different in each dog. Coughing could be easily be mistaken for something else.
So this horrid, HORRID! This disease can also be very difficult to diagnose, so it's vital you keep an eye on your dog and if any of the symptoms occur straight to the vet, you know your dog you can see changes in him so if these changes are not the norm take him in just in case.
You don’t want your dog in the percentage of the dogs that died from Lungworm around 9% which are infected will die if not treated.
Bullet point checklist
- Regular worming, check with a vet if they cover lungworm, get the best one which they can offer
- Picking up your dog’s faeces fast, don’t leave them in the garden for later as could be spread by foxes in the night, this will help stop the spread!
- Remove your Lanco dog toys (or any other brand) from the garden overnight as well as water bowls, anything that would be attractive for slugs and snails.
- Change your water bowls frequently, stop him drinking from the birdbath!