Lungworm cases have been recorded across East and West Sussex, with areas around Brighton and Worthing among the hotspots.
Pets can pick up the Lavae parasite by eating or playing with infected snails and may need immediate veterinary attention if they become infected.
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A new Interactive mapproduced by Elanco, shows where lungworm has been reported in the UK.
There have been over 1,304 reported cases of lungworm within a 50-mile radius of Brighton.
You can view the map and look up your zip code here.
What is lungworm?
The map was created due to the severity of lungworm that can occur if not treated in a timely manner.
Officially known as Angiostrongylus vasorum, the parasite can cause serious illness in dogs, eventually leading to death if not caught in time.
The People’s Pharmacy for Sick Animals (PDSA) has stated that despite its name, the parasite travels throughout the body, causing breathing difficulties, heart failure, seizures and bleeding disorders.
What are the symptoms of lungworms?
The PDSA has published a list of symptoms dog owners should look out for if they think their dogs have come into contact with or eaten a slug or slug.
These symptoms can seem difficult to spot as they are often very vague and varied, but the most common symptoms are as follows:
- Breathing problems (fast, heavy, noisy)
- weight loss
- Unexplained bruising and bleeding
- collapse and shock
What to do?
Vets across the country say dog owners should contact their local practice immediately if their dog is showing symptoms of lungworm.
Treatment for lungworm depends on the severity of the infection and your dog’s symptoms, according to the PDSA.
It also said veterinarians tend to kill lungworm at the first opportunity and certain cases may require hospitalization.
The PSDA added: “Mild lungworm infections often just require lungworm treatment and medication that you can go home with, but if your dog is seriously ill he may need intensive care at the veterinary hospital.”
How can I protect my dog from lungworm?
According to the PDSA, you can take steps to prevent lungworm with a range of deworming products that include protection against the parasite.
It goes on to say that dog owners should buy dewormers that are a veterinary approved product as they offer more effective ingredients.
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