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Protecting your dog from lungworm
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Dog advice: keep your dog free from lungworm

Lungworm is a nasty condition that can be fatal

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Slugs, snails and worms

Getting out and about and having a good old rummage through the undergrowth is one of life’s great joys if you’re a dog. Of course, they can end up eating all kinds of bits and pieces while they’re at it, and that could include slugs and snails carrying a nasty parasite called lungworm.

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What is lungworm?

There are two main types of lungworm that might affect your dog, and though the parasite is much less common than fleas, it can seriously affect your pet and even lead to death. The lungworm larvae are often carried by slugs or snails, so if your dog eats one – either on purpose or accidentally – the parasite can find its way into your pet’s lung.


There are a number of different symptoms, so look out for any of the following: breathing problems, depression and tiredness, weight loss, sickness or poor appetite. If your dog gets a cut or graze that won’t stop bleeding, there could be a problem with its blood clotting, and that too could be a sign of lungworm.


If you spot any of the symptoms, get in touch with Vets4Pets as soon as you can for more advice. As is so often the way, prevention is much better than cure, so ask us about lungworm protection. We can prescribe a regular spot-on treatment which is easy to apply and very effective.