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Extract from the Dumfries and Galloway Standard. Just thought I'd share incase anyone else lives in SW Scotland and, like me, has a dog who will eat anything!

A DEADLY canine disease has been discovered in Dumfries and Galloway for the first time.

Following the death of a dog in Dumfries, Charnwood Veterinary Centre veterinary surgeon Richard Payne is keen to make people more aware of the lungworm infection – angiostrongylosis – that is spreading across the country.

Mr Payne said: “Wet weather conditions have again provided an ideal environment for a huge increase in the population of slugs and snails and this could pose a serious risk to dogs that accidentally or habitually eat these slippery pests.

“Previously unrecognised in this area, angiostrongylosis has a wide range of symptoms which can make it difficult to diagnose. However, with the increasing appearance of the parasite causing this disease, vets are on the lookout for the condition before it progresses to a stage where it becomes fatal.”

The parasite spends part of its lifecycle in slugs, snails or even frogs. The danger to dogs arises when small slugs or snails are either purposefully or accidentally eaten while rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass or taken up when drinking from puddles or an outdoor water bowl.

Mr Payne added: “The symptoms of the condition are many and varied. You might notice coughing, reluctance to exercise, depression, weight loss, fits, vomiting, weakness and paralysis or persistent bleeding from minor cuts. However, a small proportion of dogs are hidden carriers, which means they don’t show any symptoms.

“The disease is not treated by using conventional worming tablets every three months, or even every month. However, treatment is relatively simple and a prescription-only spot-on product can be obtained from your vet. This treatment also controls other worms, fleas and mites, which means you can address lungworm and a number of common parasites in one application.”

Owners who notice any of these symptoms or whose dogs might eat slugs or snails should contact their local vet for an immediate consultation. The sooner the disease is spotted, the easier it is to treat and the more likely the dog will go on to make a full recovery.

http://www.dgstandard.co.uk/dumfrie.../04/vet-warns-of-deadly-virus-51311-24602160/
 

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I switch Luna's monthly Stronghold treatment for Advocate (lungworm spot on) every 3 months as a precaution.
 

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mrsmam said:
can you buy that online :?:
Can buy on-line but need a vet prescription. I stocked up from vet in Belgium before leaving!!

Do most vets need you to make an appointment to get prescriptions or can you phone a request in? Will be a question to ask them before I run out!!
 

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Luna-tic said:
I switch Luna's monthly Stronghold treatment for Advocate (lungworm spot on) every 3 months as a precaution.
Good idea. I wasn't aware of the problem of lungworm until I read this, and given Lola's love of slimy critters I think I best talk with my vet about getting some for her. I actually just booked an appt for Thurs as she has just managed to lick a big slug in the garden 8O
 
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