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Protect Your Dog from Lungworms

As a dog owner, we know that you’re doing your best to make sure that your furry friend is safe and healthy, but there are certain situations that we can’t control. If you make sure that your dog has a clean environment, you can reduce the chances of dealing with these diseases. One dangerous parasite is called lungworm and it could be fatal to your dog if ingested. 


Who is at Risk for Lungworm? 

Lungworm affects both puppies and adult dogs. It also does not have a particular dog breed that it prefers. But in general, young dogs tend to be more prone to the parasite because of their activities. They can also be prone to becoming infected when their mothers are cleaning them. If you have a dog that loves to play on the ground, drink from puddles, eat long grass, and play with slugs and snails, he could be at risk for getting infected. 


How to Protect Your Dog from Lungworms

As a pet parent, there are some things you can do to stop your dog from getting infected by lungworms. Since it is a deadly disease, you have to make sure that your dog stays healthy and safe all the time. Here are five things you can to protect your dog from this parasite:


Speak to Your Veterinarian

One thing you have to know about lungworm is that normal over-the-counter worming products are not effective in protecting your dog against the parasite. If you want to be certain, you have to speak with your veterinarian about your options on prevention and treatment. 


Be on the Lookout for Signs and Symptoms

Some of the symptoms that indicate your dog has lungworms include general sickness,change in behavior, coughing/breathing problem, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, poor blood clotting, seizures, and even lethargy. If you see some of these symptoms in your dog, make sure to bring him to a veterinarian as soon as possible. 

But you also have to be careful since there are some dogs that do not display any of the symptoms. If you want to be sure that your dog is in optimal health, bring him to a vet so he can be tested.  


Give Your Dog Fresh Water

Your dog needs to stay hydrated. This is why you need to provide him a water bowl with fresh water all the time. 

Of course, you also have to make sure that the bowl you use is clean. The best way to clean your dog’s water bowl is to soak it in a solution of vinegar and warm water. You can also use bleach and cold water to sanitize the material. When you’re done, make sure to rinse with clean water and leave to dry so no residue gets left behind. 

Don’t Let Your Dog Eat Grass 

Another way you can prevent your dog from having lungworm is to stop him from eating grass. There are plenty of reasons why your dog may be into eating grass. One common reason is because your dog may be bored. It is a normal dog behavior and it doesn’t really cause too much of a problem. 

Unless, of course, you live in an area considered to be a lungworm hotspot. The best way you can stop your dog from eating grass is to give him an alternative to satiate his craving. You can check a local pet store for some grass and herb-growing kits that are safe for your dog to play with. 


Don’t Let Your Dog Drink Water from Stagnant Puddles

Your dog can get thirsty from the heat. This is why it is important that you provide your dog with a fresh bowl of clean water wherever he is situated. If you don’t give this to your dog, he could look around for another water source that could be contaminated. 

If there has been a lungworm outbreak in your neighborhood, make sure to have your dog checked by a veterinarian. 


What other steps are you making to ensure your dog is safe from parasites?