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Wet weather raises threat of lungworm

Lungworm, the 'hidden killer' parasite found in slugs and snails, can cause serious health problems in dogs and can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated. The risk of lungworm could be higher this year after another wet start to the summer season.

There are currently over 3,000 reported cases of lungworm and evidence from the Royal Veterinary College also confirms the lungworm parasite has spread across the UK, from its traditional habitat in the south of England and Wales. It is now more widespread in Central England and has also reached northern regions and Scotland. You can view the lungworm map for the latest reported cases and check its prevalence in your area.

Model and television presenter Tess Daly knows the tragedy of lungworm after the loss of her Golden Retriever Sam. Tess is supporting the Be Lungworm Aware campaign, which helps pet owners not only spot the symptoms of this disease but also gives advice on how to prevent their dog contracting it.

In the video below she talks about the helplessness of seeing her beloved Sam succumb to suspected lungworm and advises other dog owners of the warning signs.