What causes lungworm

Regular deworming avoids deadly danger

Tiny lungworms can cause serious infections in dogs.

Did you know that snails are bad company for your dog? These animals cannot help it. Because they are only the carriers of other, very unpleasant, even dangerous fellows. We are talking about the lungworm, a parasite that spreads in the lungs, airways or even in the blood vessels of dogs. To get there, the lungworm goes through a complicated development. In any case, he needs a snail as an intermediate host.

You mean, "my dog ​​doesn't eat snails?" But there are innumerable, tiny representatives of this species. They can sit on grass or other objects that the dog licks off. This is how the young lungworms get into the dog's body, where they develop into sexually mature parasites and later lay their eggs. The resulting generation of larvae then makes life difficult for the animals. They cause tissue irritation and small foci of inflammation in the lungs or in the pulmonary artery. The infected dog tries to get rid of the foreign body by coughing. The cough is therefore a typical symptom of a lungworm infection. Other clues like nosebleeds or bleeding under the animal's skin that look like bruises are more difficult to identify. Sometimes behavior changes even occur because the nervous system is damaged. The dog also excretes larvae with the feces that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Actually there is not just one but two different representatives of the lungworm. However, the lay person can hardly tell the difference between multiplication, the route of infection and symptoms. Studies have shown that at least one in ten dogs presented to the vet for respiratory problems is infected with one of the species. The real cause of the disease can be determined via a fecal sample and then treated in a targeted manner. Regular treatments with lungworm-effective preparations protect the dog from these dangerous parasites.

But be careful: cats can also become infected with lungworms and become sick as a result. According to new studies, the "cat lungworm" seems to be becoming more common. Free-range cats are particularly at risk. They can become infected if they eat rodents while hunting or birds that have snails on their menu. The cat can be protected from infection with regular treatments with suitable preparations.