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Parasites: Lungworm (Angiostrongylus Vasorum)

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
Lungworm otherwise known as Angiostrongylus Vasorum is on the rise in the UK and Milton Keynes Veterinary Group have already seen two cases earlier this year.
  • Those slimy garden critters (slugs and snails) are involved in spread of Lungworm, therefore dogs that eat these slimy garden critters will be at a higher risk of contracting this parasite. It is though that an average UK garden can inhabit over 20,000 slugs and snails.
  • It is highly recommended to not leave toys or water bowls outside to minimise exposure to these slimy critters.
  • Foxes can also become infected with Lungworm and play a part in spread of this parasite.
  • All dogs of all ages and breeds are susceptible to contracting this parasite.
  • Dogs that become infected with Lungworm will also spread it within the environment as larvae are excreted within the pet’s faeces, increasing risk of exposure to other dogs. Therefore it is very important to make sure you pick up your dog’s poo.
With cases increasing of this parasite, it is important to know the symptoms, follow advice on minimising exposure and how to prevent exposure.

Symptoms of this parasite can vary between cases, however the most common symptoms may include; coughing, lethargy, weight loss, poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, excess bleeding from minor wounds or seizures. Diagnosis of this parasite can be determined through either a faecal test or blood test.

Prevention is key with lungworm, by treating your pet with monthly prescription only worming treatment, contact us if you have any concerns via email at questions@mkvetgroup.co.uk or wish to order your pet’s preventative treatment visit www.mkvetgroup.co.uk/repeat-prescriptions/. Our Healthy Pet Care plans include covers against this parasite as well as many other parasites and diseases through a simple monthly direct debit.

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