The lungworm epidemic is on the rise in the UK and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
It’s time to do something about it. It’s time to take all precautions and prevent our dogs from experiencing the symptoms of the sometimes fatal Lungworms.
Well, that is why we are here. Today I want to give some much needed information on what lungworms are, how your dog can become infected by lungworms, what to do if your dog is showing signs of lungworm and then most importantly – how to prevent your dog from being infected with lungworm naturally and effectively!
What is lungworm?
Lungworms are a parasitic worm that make their way to the lungs and windpipes of our dog causing them to experience severe respiratory problems amongst other things.
How can your dog become infected with lungworm?
Well, the good news is that dogs can not catch lungworm from other dogs, nor is it airborne.
The bad news is it can be caught just from being outside and by sharing food bowls, water bowls and toys.
Lungworm actually starts off as an organism called larvae. Larvae is an organism that will metamorph in its lifetime – think caterpillar to butterfly.
This larvae organism takes shelter in things such as snails, slugs and frogs. So when our furry friends are out and about on walks or simply sniffing the roses, they could eat a snail or slug that has this living larvae organism inside of it without even knowing.
The organism is so small it can also be consumed via the slimy trail a slug or snail leaves behind. If your dog’s toy has a slimy trail left on it from being outside and your dog puts that toy in its mouth, there is a chance that they could be consuming the larvae organism.
Other ways they can contract these awful organisms is by eating or licking bird poop, fox poop, or animal poop that has been dropped by an animal that has the larvae organisms inside them.
The same rule applies if you leave your dogs food or water bowl outside and the snails, slugs or frogs get into them.
While not every slimy creature carries the larvae organisms, you can never be to sure so it’s not worth taking the risk! But more on risk prevention later in the blog.
Let’s look at what happens when your dog has larvae organisms in their digestive tract.
Those larvae organisms love to plant themselves inside your dog’s digestive tract and multiply. As they multiply they make their way into your dog’s bloodstream and head for your dog’s windpipe and lungs where they proceed to develop into full blown lungworms and lay nests of eggs.
Those eggs then become larvae organisms that turn into adult lungworms and these so called parasites start to wreak havoc on your dog’s health.
If untreated these lungworms will be fatal to your dog.
Signs and symptoms that your dog has lungworms:
- Shortness of breath
- breathing problems
- Fluid build-up in the lungs
- Slow to heal minor cuts or wounds
- abnormal blood clotting
If you dog starts to experience any of these signs or symptoms you should never hesitate to consult with your vet. Immediate action MUST be taken.
If addressed early enough you can literally save your dog’s life – so always check with your vet!
When you are visiting your vet with these concerns some of the examinations and procedures you can expect them to do are:
- A body examination and history check
- X-rays of their chest area
- Fecal examination for any lungworm eggs
- A complete blood count
- An examination of fluid from lungs
- And with technology and medicine advancing so much, you now have the option to do a fecal examination for eggs yourself and in the comfort of your own home! All you have to do is order the special DIY Dog Worm & Lungworm Count Kit, follow the clear instructions, send everything off to the allocated lab for testing and await the results!
So, with the seriousness of lungworm made clear let’s look at how you can prevent your dog from experiencing the agony of lungworms!
Firstly, awareness is key!! While we have given you a lot of information about lungworm it is going to be beneficial for you to look up lungworm numbers in your local area and see where there seems to be lungworm epidemics occurring. Start by seeing if your area is on this list and see what the reported numbers for lungworm infection are – keeping in mind that not all cases are reported – so the numbers are likely to be higher.
Secondly, if you are concerned or want to take precautions, you can always check your garden for slugs and snails and try to keep out of areas that have large amounts of slimy friends.
Thirdly, there is an incredible and natural product that Frank and Jellys highly recommends and it’s called Verm X! It comes in liquid form as well as pellets and it is a proven herbal prevention remedy for lungworm.
The herbs used in Verm-X have been used in herbal medicine for centuries and, as yet, there are still no reported cases of resistance! What the creators of Verm-X found was that animals were starting to resist the contemporary treatments making them less effective.
In doing their research, they found that herbal remedies were used decades before without ever having a concern of resistance. The way Verm-X works is that it has a more natural timescale rather than an immediate explosion of treatment. Meaning, it doesn’t push everything out of the system all at once, but instead, over a period of 21 days in which it becomes fully effective.
Plus, the natural timescale allows Verm-X to be much more gentle on your dog’s tummy and digestive system.
Fourthly, we have the DIY Dog Worm & Lungworm Count Kit which we mentioned before! Here is what one of our Doggy Detectives had to say about using the DIY kit:
This kit comes with everything you need to test for worms. Thick gloves , sample pots , clear instructions and freepost enelopes. There customer service is great I emailed them with a question and had a reply within the hour . Normal worm count sent on sat and results back on mon ( email) lungworm results took a bit longer , bearing in mind you have to collect 3 samples , sent on mon , recieved results on thur. I highly recommend this kit , company and will be using again in the futureShelly – Frank and Jellys Doggy Detective
There’s no reason you can’t stay on top of your dog’s prevention care when it comes to lungworm!!
So tell us, has your dog ever been through the awful experience of lungworm? What was it like for them and do you have other remedies and preventive tips for other doggy lovers? We’d love to hear about it! Information shared is a potential life spared. Leave a comment or email us at [email protected].
Paws of Love,
Sarah (fur mum to Frank) xo
P.S. Are you in the Frank and Jellys ‘Doggy Detectives’ Facebook group? It’s a place where fur mums and dads go to make friends, test doggy products and share stories on best products. PLUS we always share tips and tricks as well as offering advice and sharing experiences when one of our furry friends is not well or not behaving! It’s great fun and it’s absolutely FREE to join! Come join the fun HERE xo.
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