Recently we have seen three young dogs seriously ill with lungworm. The first little dog had a cough and weight-loss, which are typical signs of lungworm. The second case Brooks, a 14month old Labrador, became suddenly lame after running in the garden with her sister. Brooks was brought into us with a very swollen thigh, which turned out to have been caused by bleeding because of lungworm.
Lungworm is a worrying problem because the signs are frequently sudden and serious in onset due to bleeding, which may be internal or external.
Dogs pick up lungworm by eating slugs and snails. It can affect dogs of any age, but is more common in young dogs.
Lungworm prevention requires regular doses of Advocate spot-on or Milbemax tablets. The manufactures recommend monthly treatment of either product to be fully protected. Come and chat to us for advice on how best to treat your pet.
Read more about it and find confirmed cases at the dedicated lungworm webiste Lungwormaware.co.uk