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bodger

Lung Worm in Dogs

Like most of you, I've seen the posters in the vets waiting room about lung worm in dogs being spread by snails and slugs, but if I'm honest, I haven't given the problem much thought. After reading this mornings report on the BBC News website, I most definitely will be doing. This year we have thousands of slugs and snails.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23798012

Has anyone had any experience of having to deal with this menace to our dogs?
debbie

This is one of the things that the vet thought might have caused Brodies bleed when we lost her.  she was tested for it though and it was found that she didn't have it.
bodger

What's the answer? Regular worming of some kind?
Polly

Advocate Spot On treatment is sposed to kill lungworm - you can only get it on prescription from the vet but you get 3 months supply at a time.  You can use it alongside regular wormers and it is sposed to kill all parasites, fleas, ticks, earmites, mange mites - all the little gits.
Lorrainelovesplants

I use advocate and think its great - expensive though.
Polly

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
I use advocate and think its great - expensive though.


Yep it is priceyv:rolleyes:   - I can't afford it for our 3 but my daughter uses it on her Lhasa Apso x German Spitz.  He's so fluffy and hairy, if ever he got fleas, it would be a nightmare so she thinks as it also does fleas, it's better to take precautions rather than leave it to chance.  

Also well worth it though if you've got lots of them slimey things on your land you're worried about lungworm.
Seabird

I use Avocat for the cats - can get them singly from our vet   It's supposed to sort everything except tapeworm - there's another spot-on for that. . Bdooly slugs and snails are attracted to the food I put out for the 'outside' cat so I've started putting the dish on a tray scattered with table salt. That sorts out the little bu88ers!
I assume that lungworm can affect cats too..... what about horses? Is it the same lungworm?
tlewis

Bit late on this.

Lung worm in the USA is spread by the  mosquito.  It is important to have your dog tested. If they already have lungworm the the stuff that kills them will also kill your dog because the worms die in the heart and the dog will die.  Prevention is easy and not expensive.  Better still get rid of mosquito breeding places where you can. Lung worm is obviously worse in humid swampy areas.  I have had dogs sent to me with lungworm and it is difficult to eradicte and very hard on the dog.
bodger

What does the treatment entail?
lilwitedogs

We don't have lungworm here, it's heartworm.  It is nasty, but easy to prevent.
lilwitedogs

Heartworm treatment is injection of drugs over a period of at least a month.  The dog has to be kept crated and leash walked for the entire time it is being treated.
tlewis

lilwitedogs wrote:
We don't have lungworm here, it's heartworm.  It is nasty, but easy to prevent.


Yes!  I misread the post.  Heartworm may not be in the UK, YET.  I hope it never reaches those shores.  The carrier mosquito could easily survive once it gets there.  One of the pluses of no quarantine!!!!!

We don't actually have heartworm in this area , according to local vet, so don't routinely treat.  The only dog I had kenneled was one sent to me from the Merced area of California where they seem to have every bug and worm known to man.

I seem to remember that lungworm is is carried by sheep as an intermediate host.
lilwitedogs

It may be too cool where you live for the heartworm to be a problem.
lilwitedogs

It may be too cool where you live for the heartworm to be a problem.

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