Lungworm Test £20 this April

This April get your dog tested for the deadly lung worm for only £20!!!


What is lungworm?
Lungworm (also known as Angiostrongylus vasorum) is a parasite that can cause serious health issues in dogs that can become fatal. All breeds of dogs can become infected from lungworm, especially if they’re prone to eating slugs/snails when left alone in the garden. Lungworm lives in the heart of the dog and causes a blockage in the major blood vessels supplying the lungs. In severe cases, it is fatal.

How will my dog get lungworm?
Lungworm can be contracted in various ways.
•  Accidentally swallowing infected slugs and snails is the most common way.
•  Lungworm can be found in the slime trail left behind by slugs.
•  Small slugs and snails can be accidentally swallowed when your dog eats grass.
•  It can be contracted by ingesting slug/snail slime left on dog’s toys in the garden.
•  If water bowls are left outside in the garden, it can become contaminated with slug/snail slime and therefore become a risk.

What signs should you look for?
Lungworm has a large range of symptoms, as listed below:
•  Breathing difficulties - coughing / tiring easy
•  Poor blood clotting – excessive bleeding, nose bleeds, bleeding in the eye, anaemia (pale gums)
•  Behaviour changes – depression, lethargy and seizures.
•  General sickness – weight loss, poor appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea.

How can I prevent my dog getting lungworm?
Treatment for lungworm is cost effective and can be given in a spot on form which is applied to the back of the neck or a tablet. Depending on which treatment is applied, it can be given monthly or every 3 months. Always ensure it is a prescription product that you’re using on your dogs. It is also important to keep a close eye on your pets and be vigilant, don’t leave them unattended in the garden for long periods of time if they’re prone to picking things up that they shouldn’t.

Is lungworm in your area?
According to recent studies, lungworm has spread throughout much of the uk. There have been an increasingly high number of lungworm cases being reported in areas that have not had any before.

To see if lungworm is in your area visit: Lungworm.co.uk/map

Nicole Cash RVN - Deputy Head Nurse, Rosewood Animal Hospital