Lungworm cases have been reported across Sussex with 36 in Brighton according to an Argus report.
This can be a serious infection for dogs. Cases are being monitored throughout the UK as more cases are being diagnosed. Dog owners should be aware.
Looking at the Lungworm map at mypetandi.bayer.com/uk/lungworm-map/ there have been some 7 cases in the Rottingdean & Saltdean area alone.
Lungworm is a parasite that can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated. It can be spread by infected animals through lungworm larvae in their faeces. Slugs and snails can consume the larvae while feeding off these faeces.
Dogs can be infected when they swallow these slugs and or snails or any secretion from them.
Symptoms include coughing, changes in breathing, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss and tiredness. If you are in any doubt do contact your Vet as soon as you can.
Regular worming is important for your dog.
Cleaning up after your dog as soon as you can is also important. If we are watchful we can help keep our doggie friends healthy and full of beans