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The Spread of Lungworm in our Dogs

The Spread of Lungworm in our Dogs

Many dog owners are unaware of a disease 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 at risk, So Spread the word! We need everyone who owns a dog to protect their dogs from this horrible spread.

Another worry is that a third of those surveyed admitted they don’t currently give their dog any preventative treatment to protect it against Lungworm.

The number of cases has grown to thousands; across the whole of the UK. A further worry is that 19% of dog owners whose dog had Lungworm still didn’t fully understand what it was, and an additional 5% didn’t understand what it was.

We need to help get the message across and help dog owners prevent spreading this fatal disease.

We can take simple steps to ensure our loving family members (Our dogs) are kept safe from this. The Key is preventative treatment from your local vet once a month; this is the accurate way to ensure they will escape the spread.

How is this disease spread?

Slug on it travels with possible disease

Parasite 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 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 park or park.

The risk is very high, and they will likely 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 symptoms are coughing, difficulty in breathing, weight loss, sickness, loose stools, tiredness, and bleeding excessively from minor wounds or blood clotting; always keep an eye on your dog's behavior; if unwell, take your pet for a check-up.

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 easily be mistaken for something else.

So this horrid, HORRID! This disease can also be challenging 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 die from Lungworm; around 9% who are infected will die if not treated.

Bullet point checklist

  • Regular worming, check with a vet if they cover Lungworm, and get the best one they can offer.
  • Picking up your dog's feces fast, don't leave them in the garden for later as foxes could spread them in the night; this will help stop the spread!
  • Remove your Lanco dog toys (or any other brand) from the garden overnight, water bowls, and anything that would be attractive for slugs and snails.
  • Change your water bowls frequently; stop him drinking from the birdbath!

 

 

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