Lungworm is a parasitic worm called Angiostrongylus Vasorum, that can infect dogs. The larvae of the lungworm parasite are carried by slugs and snails. When dogs purposefully or accidentally eat these common garden pests they can become infected with lungworm.
Lungworm in dogs carries a significant health risk and can be fatal and although the disease is not spread from dog to dog, infected dogs expel the larvae of the parasite in their poo which increases the risk of other dogs becoming infected.
Lungworm is termed an ‘emerging’ disease which means that it is becoming more common with more cases being diagnosed.