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    Default Lungworm - the danger of eating slugs and snails

    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:

    cough
    exercise intolerence
    bleeding tendency i.e blood in stools or vomit, coughing up blood
    panting/heavy breathing
    loss of appetite
    weight loss
    vomiting
    diarrhoea

    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.

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    OH My Goodness..

    I am so sorry to hear that. What a devastating ordeal and to not know until it's too late.. I am so sorry

    I hope you find solace in comfort knowing that George is no longer in pain or suffering and is watching over everything you do. Should you decide to get another puppy, I am sure George will help he or she right along.

    Thank you for sharing that health information. Are there any preventatives to lung worm? We have to worry about heart worm up here in Canada and the flea repellant I put my crew on has a mosquitoe repellant as well.
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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    i am so sorry for your loss i will have to make sure we watch lady like a hawk when she goes out into the garden we have loads of slugs. Lady is wormed with Milbemax wormer is that correct that this will protect her from lungworms.
    Natalie, mummy to lady (blen) 8 months old

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    Quote Originally Posted by arasara
    We have to worry about heart worm up here in Canada and the flea repellant I put my crew on has a mosquitoe repellant as well.
    I didn't even think of that poor doggies been but bit by mosquitoe's they drive me mad when were on holiday.
    Natalie, mummy to lady (blen) 8 months old

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    Thanks Sara, it has been a very sad time.

    The only real prevention is vigilance to make sure pups don't eat slugs which is so hard to do. Milbemax is supposed to be effective but I really strongly advise owners who know they have a slug eating Cav to talk to their vet about a worming regime and talk to the vet about this species of Lungworm and how it is transmitted (I am surprised at how much incorrect info my vet gave me. I think they learned a valuable lesson too).

    I just hope this helps someone somewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie
    Quote Originally Posted by arasara
    We have to worry about heart worm up here in Canada and the flea repellant I put my crew on has a mosquitoe repellant as well.
    I didn't even think of that poor doggies been but bit by mosquitoe's they drive me mad when were on holiday.
    Mosquitos carry heart worm up here. In some flea medications there is a heart worm preventative. Sorry that's what I meant to say.. I don't think it's in every part of the country, but I know up here heart worm protection is strongly advised by my vets.

    I'm going to have to ask about the prevalance of lung worm next time I am in at the vets. I had no idea that dogs were succeptible to this too. Man there is hookworm, whipworm, round worm, tape worm, heart worm and now lung worm? I am sure there are more but wow - that's a lot of different types of worms to worry about!
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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    I'm not sure about the prevalence outside Europe Sara but it's worth asking.

    Thanks for taking notice, I feel like I'm bashing my head against a wall sometimes. I tell people I know and I can see them thinking 'won't happen to me'

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    George,

    Although it's totally unrelated to lungworm, we just about lost 2 dogs from salmon sickness when I was a teenager. That put me on high alert for any potential sickness that my dogs can get. That was such an awful experience for us - we got really really lucky because we caught it and got it treated quickly.

    Are you considering getting another little furry friend to keep you company in the near future?
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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    Crikey I have never heard of salmon sickness

    I have been to visit a litter recently so hopefully I will try again with another pup soon. I don't think I could face much longer without a Cavalier cuddle. I hope George doesn't mind he was just perfect and a lot to live up to

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    Quote Originally Posted by George19
    Thanks Sara, it has been a very sad time.

    The only real prevention is vigilance to make sure pups don't eat slugs which is so hard to do. Milbemax is supposed to be effective but I really strongly advise owners who know they have a slug eating Cav to talk to their vet about a worming regime and talk to the vet about this species of Lungworm and how it is transmitted (I am surprised at how much incorrect info my vet gave me. I think they learned a valuable lesson too).

    I just hope this helps someone somewhere
    First, it would be really hard for me to talk about something like that when it was over. So I think we all owe you thanks for bringing this to our attention - me especially. Our backyard swims - I mean its really a glow with slugs on all our flowers and our front walk is often covered in snails. There is no way to avoid them here - no other house I have lived in had it this bad.

    With that in mind, are you saying one can be proactive and specifically giving worm medicene (like heartworm) on a regular basis for this? I have an appointment in 2 wks for Kodee's 3 rd set of shots and will definately print this out! I cant thank you enough. Funny now that the snow has melted in spots, Kodee keeps going nuts digging and eating the dirt - I have to wonder now what she is up to?

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