‘French lungworm’, Angiostrongylus vasorum is now endemic in this area, and we have had four fatalities so far associated with this problem.
It is a disease that affects dogs (and foxes). The larvae of the worm are carried inside slugs and snails, and infect the dog when they are eaten (either intentionally, or accidentally when eating grass!).
Some cases develop a cough which can give away the worm’s presence, but many cases show no symptoms until haemophilia develops, and the victim bleeds to death, despite treatment. Severe, ultimately terminal seizures may also occur with little or no warning.
Lungworm is easily preventable. Please contact us on 0208 783 2850 for details. You can find more useful information at www.lungworm.co.uk.