The canine lungworm (Angiostrongylusvasorum) has for years been considered a parasite endemic in the milder wetter parts of the UK eg SW England & S Wales. Recent years have seen the territory of this parasite extend further northwards. There was a recent case recorded in the Scottish Borders, confirming that the parasite now has a reservoir of infection in Scottish wildlife.
The worm uses snails & slugs as an intermediate host &dogs are infected by ingesting these animals. The clinical signs include coughing, lethargy, bleeding & death Visit www.lungworm.co.uk for more details.
What can we do about this “new” threat to our dogs?
1. Restrict access to the intermediate hosts by checking toys and feeding/watering bowls left outside. (NB it should be noted that in the majority of confirmed cases the owners have NOT seen their dog ingest slugs or snails)
2. Use a veterinary medicine licensed to control lungworm infection in dogs.
This practice recommends the use of Advocate
This product applied once a month throughout the year will provide maximum protection against this insidious parasite.
The cost of this treatment can exceed £150 per year for a medium sized dog.
Members of the Pet Health Club can spread the cost and benefit from the usual discount as follows:
Upgrade to Health Club Plus:
|Size of Dog||Up to 10kg||10.1-20kg||20.1-30kg||30.1-40kg|
|Additional monthly payment||£7.99||£8.99||£10.99||£11.49|