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It’s time to get down and dirty with the moisture-loving critters carrying a nasty parasite affecting our precious pooches. Lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) is a nasty parasite on the rise in the UK, so to ensure that our clients are as well informed as possible we have put together some must-know facts about this ‘poopy’ parasite:
Un-fur-tunately, with more people travelling in the UK with their pets, and foxes roaming up to 50km, the risk of Lungworm spreading around the country will continue, so it’s important to know the effects, symptoms and life cycle of the Lungworm.
THE LIFE CYCLE OF LUNGWORM
We encourage all doggy owners to keep an eye out for the following symptoms but it is worth bearing in mind that not all pets show symptoms in the early stages of infection:
PREVENTION & TREATMENT
The paws-itively good news is that prevention can be achieved with monthly use of preventative products 🙂 However, not all worming treatments are effective against the Lungworm parasite so make sure you always check with one of our paw-esome vets. Once diagnosed and treated, most doggies make a full recovery, but we believe the key to successful treatment is taking action early!
LUNGWORM IN CATS & HUMANS
Cats can become infected with another type of Lungworm (Aelurostrongylus abstrusus), but have no fear, infections seem to be rare and the outcome is far from cat-astrophic 🙂
This particular parasite is not known to infect humans, but dogs and cats can carry Roundworms, which can cause diseases in humans, so make sure you keep your pet’s parasite protection programme up-to-date.
To find out how many cases of Lungworm have been identified in your area, use this helpful Lungworm map locator.
And finally please remember that if you are at all concerned about the threat Lungworm poses to your precious pet please get in touch with your local easipetcare practice who will be more than happy to advise 🙂