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Lungworm or French Heart Worm.

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Dogs at risk of lungworm are those that have slugs or snails in their gardens even though they do not have any symptoms. Younger dogs seem to be more likely to get lungworm but it is not unknown for older dogs to be infected.It is a problem that was unknown in UK a few years ago but affected dogs are now seen as far north as Scotland and it is generally felt that our warmer climate is the reason for its spread. Vets may advise lungworm treatment as part of your dog¶s health regime because if it is not treated it can lead to death. If you have one dog that is affected it is probably sensible to treat all your dogs. Symptoms include: Coughing Breathing problems Weight loss Vomiting Diarrhoea Persistent bleeding from cuts Depression

Lungworm (angiostrongylus vasorum) does not affect humans and cannot be transmitted through dogs. .Not wanting to exercise Weakness Paralysis If you know you have snails or slugs in your garden: Don¶t leave water bowls outside Don¶t leave toys and chews outside Be particular about removing dog faeces daily Don¶t assume your usual worming tablets treat lungworm-they don¶t Ask your vet about the spot-on treatment that is available and make sure your dog is treated regularly. It has a complicated life cycle and dogs eating the snail or slug is only part of the cycle.