Unlike most worms that dogs can become infected with in the UK, lungworm is potentially fatal. Lungworm is on the increase in dogs in the UK, it has spread over large areas over the UK, including Essex. We believe this may be due to increases in the urban fox population and increases in the slug and snail population due to climate change.
It was initially thought that lungworm was only caught by dogs that actively ate slugs and snails, now there is evidence that it can be caught by dogs eating grass where slugs and snails have been.
Please be aware that very few wormers available in the UK have any effects against lungworm. Please check with a member of staff that the wormer you are currently using is effective against lungworm and will protect your dog against this growing threat.
If you’re concerned that your dog is not protected against this threat please call us for further information on 01268 533636 or visit our website www.cherrydownvets.co.uk