Gower Vets Swansea
Swansea, Gower Vets
01792 299111
68 Edgemoor Close,
Upper Killay,
Swansea, SA2 7HJ
spacer
line decor
  
line decor
spacer
Home
 
Staff
Surgery
OOH
Contact us
FAQs
Rehoming at GVS
Prices
Terms of trade
Insurance
Recruitment
Spotlight on GVS
 
This is an RCVS Tier 2 accredited small animal practice

This is an RCVS Tier 2 accredited small animal practice

 

Lung Worm - Angiostrongylus Vasorum

Snail

Angiostrongylus vasorum is the worm's name. 
 
It is a life threatening disease, very common in South West England and around Swansea and Gower, but is becoming more widespread, has now been seen as far north as Glasgow.
 
To become infected a dog must eat infective larvae.  These may be present in slugs snails or even frogs.  Some dogs eat these on purpose others by accident when they are on the dogs toys or grass.
 
Research has recently shown that infective larvae can even be found in the slimy trail slugs and snails leave behind.
 

Life Cycle
Adult worms live in heart and major pulmonary (lung) blood vessels of dogs or foxes.  The worms lay eggs that hatch into larvae and migrate into the airways of the lung.
 
The larvae are coughed up and then swallowed, and passed out in the dog's faeces.
 
Slugs and snails then swallow the larvae and become infective to dogs.  Young inquisitive dogs are most at risk though all ages can be affected.


Symptoms
 
1. breathing problems- coughing or becoming tired when exercised more quickly.
 
2. poor blood clotting, leads to excessive bleeding from minor wounds, nose bleeds bleeding in the eye and anaemia.
 
3. Behavioural changes, fits, spinal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea.


Treatment

 
We recommend using a licensed drug to treat lungworm.
These include Milbemax worming tablets, Panacur wormer and Advocate Flea Worm and Mite spot on. Just ask us for advice.
 
Watch a short video here
 
http://www.lungworm.co.uk/scripts/pages/en/home.php is an excellent site.