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Signs of lungworm revealed by vet

Monday, 8th August 2011

If a pooch gets lungworm it needs to be treated with pet medication as if it is left untreated, the disease can be fatal.

Marc Abraham, TV vet, author and Kennel Club veterinary advisor, has revealed some of the key things to look out for if you suspect your pooch has lungworm.

He said: "Classic signs are breathing problems, such as coughing and even tiring easily, but other signs can include poor blood clotting - resulting in excessive bleeding from even minor wounds or cuts, nose bleeds, bleeding into the eye and anaemia - paleness around the eyes [and] gums."

Dr Abraham also noted that if you are worried at all, your vet can test to see if the dog is infected with lungworm.

Once diagnosed, most dogs make a full recovery and treatment is widely available, he added.

In terms of risk groups, Dr Abraham revealed younger dogs are more prone to lungworm because they are more likely to pick up snails and slugs.