I'd like to alert you all to the reason why my 7 month old CKCS pup died in January. I can now bring myself to discuss it here, however, this account, written by a lady who's pup also died explains things as well as I can (I've told my story so many times I can't face doing it again) http://www.k9centre.co.uk/heartworm....6696f8bce982f9
The difference with my George is that he died under anaesthetic as they operated to find out what was wrong with him....in other words they missed the diagnosis, actually my vets didn't do a single thing right.
I've copied the below from another forum I've posted in:
Lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum)
It is seen a lot in young dogs as they are more vulnerable. The symptoms are:
bleeding tendency i.e blood in stools or vomit, coughing up blood
loss of appetite
You may just notice the occasional cough to begin with, its so easy to miss. It usually starts with the cough, I noticed it when George was playing, after a few seconds he needed to stop to cough, he then bled in his stools and coughed up blood, he lost a lot of weight and wouldn't eat.
Cavaliers are the most common breed to present at the vets with Lungworm (I think they are more fond of slugs and snails). The type of Lungworm carried by slugs/snails is Angiostrongylus Vasorum, there are other types. I think Milbemax is the only licensed wormer for this species although some vets use Panacur but at a treament dose not the routine dose and it is given for a long period (the routine dose really harmed little George). The use of Panacur is 'off label' which means the comapny making it make no claims that it works but the vets find it does. My advice is always check with your vet before you worm your pup/dog.
Be aware that some vets are treating the tummy/cough symptoms with antiobiotics and the dogs seem to improve (this happened with George and the vet had suggested worming him, I did this when I felt he was better but it made him a lot worse). My vets still didn't realise and eventually anaesthetised him after worrying x-rays, of course he never came through the anaesthetic. The lungworm was found as autopsy. Some dogs die just because of the bleeding, the bleed can happen in the brain, eye etc.
This link explains another cav owners experience. http://www.k9centre.co.uk/heartworm....96f8bc e982f9
I spoke to this lady, her vet missed it too, it's such a waste
Incidentally the most commonest areas it is seen is Swansea, Surrey, Cornwall and parts of Ireland but it is being seen all over.
Sorry to go on guys but I really would hate anyone else to have this happen.