can cause serious problems and can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated.
With the upcoming winter expected to be wet, following on from one of the wettest late autumns for years, farmers are preparing for the fight against lungworm
The slug, which Ballard swallowed, was carrying an uncommon disease called "Angiostrongyliasis," otherwise called rodent lungworm
I have talked about lungworm
(Angiostrongylus vasorum) before.
The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed the first case of rat lungworm
disease in the state this year in an adult resident of West Hawaii on Hawaii Island.
Until last week, I was amongst the 94 % that hadn't heard of lungworm
infections in dogs, and as a gardener, was horrified to learn that it spread by slugs and snails - and possibly even their slime.
procyonis roundworms and samples taken on day 56 to test for Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the rat lungworm
is a parasite which develops inside slugs and snails.
Cats can become infested with these worms by either drinking water contaminated with the larvae of these parasites or by eating prey (birds, rodents, snails) harboring lungworm
Hundreds of cases of lungworm
have been reported by concerned vets and dog owners, according to an interactive map created by the Act Against Lungworm
The seals had been seriously underweight or suffering from wounds or lungworm
when they were rescued.
A parasitic nematode, the rat lungworm
starts off by infecting a rat's lungs, blood and brain.