Lungworm warning: Deadly and 'hideous' parasite killing dogs also infecting cats

“It’s something completely preventable,” the vet went on. “If you’re speaking to your vet you can get either topical treatment or a chewable tablet, which are given on a monthly basis because they have a monthly life cycle, so you’ve got to treat it monthly.”

What are the signs and symptoms of lungworm in dogs?

Dr Scott said: “Initially your dog will have really subtle symptoms, so lethargy, depression. And then you might start seeing more significant symptoms.

“They might have fatigue, maybe they start to cough, some clotting problems. they might have spontaneous bruising.”

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