I know it is not Dog Blog’s turn this week but we thought it would be an idea to bring you up to date on the lungworm front.
We have had many, many samples to test for lungworm over the past few weeks and unfortunately quite a few have been positive. As you will probably know, the test we now do is the 3-day combined sample which takes 24 hours and today we screened a sample from a lovely lady’s dog who has been losing weight for the past 6 weeks but with no other clinical outward signs, no cough etc. He is 14 and was diagnosed with a tracheal disease 2 years ago. He has been receiving steroids regularly but did not seem to be improving. The owner decided to have our special worm count and lungworm screen carried out. His worm count was negative for roundworms and tapeworms but sadly his lungworm screen was positive for Oslerus osleri.
This parasite forms nodules in the trachea and it is possible that this is a contributing factor to this old boy’s tracheal disease. The owner will see her Vet tomorrow and hopefully will start the dog on a course of Panacur and Advocate, the recognized treatment for lungworm and heartworm. She was understandably concerned at using such a medicating regime on her pet however, lungworm is a very nasty parasite causing a debilitating infestation and sometimes there are limited alternatives to conventional medicine. Of course it is entirely possible that there is no connection other than an unhappy coincidence between the tracheal disease and the lungworm infestation.
We have however, asked that she keeps in touch as we have come to be very fond of both the owner and her much-loved dog and we want to know how she gets on. She has said that she will have him worm counted again in about 3 months time to ensure that the medicine has worked and the old boy has cleared out all his horrible burden. It will be very interesting to see if there is any subsequent improvement in his tracheal disease.
The point of this story is that lungworm can strike and cause little outward sign of disease until it is often too late. If this lady had not had the worm count and lungworm screen carried out then the infestation could have grown and started to really cause problems to this already poorly dog. She was unaware of the lungworm in her dog but hopefully we have caught it in time for them both and her Vet will sort it out for them. Why not have your dog lungworm screened and save any unnecessary worry and distress that this horrible parasite causes, often without you knowing a thing about it? Just pop over to www.wormcount.com and find out about our lungworm screen kit or take a look at the special offer dual pack of worm count and lungworm screen for just £15. What price peace of mind?