• Detection

  • Detecting lungworm in dogs

    Lungworm can infect dogs of all ages and breeds. However, younger dogs seem to be more prone to picking up the parasite. Dogs that are known to eat slugs and snails should be considered high risk but in many cases owners don’t realise that their dog eats slugs and snails.

    Lungworm infections can result in a number of different signs, which may easily be confused with other illnesses. If your dog is displaying any of the signs below, consult your veterinary surgeon immediately.

    Veterinarians now have improved detection methods which include blood tests and poo sampling which mean more and more cases are being detected.

    The signs of lungworm

    Some dogs don’t initially show visible signs of a lungworm infection but here are a few things to look out for. If you are concerned that your dog has eaten a slug or snail and may be infected your veterinary surgeon can perform tests which may help to detect if your dog has lungworm.

    There are four areas of symptoms associated with lungworm in dogs, however not all infected dogs will show all symptoms and many of these symptoms are also symptoms of other illnesses and conditions.

    Breathing problems

    • Coughing
    • Tiring easily

    Poor blood clotting

    • Excessive bleeding from even minor wounds/cuts
    • Nose bleeds
    • Bleeding into the eye
    • Anaemia (paleness around the eyes and gums)
    General sickness
    • Weight loss
    • Poor appetite
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhoea
    Changes in behaviour
    • Depression
    • Lethargy
    • Seizures (fits)