Lots of dogs like to munch on slugs and snails.
And even if they don't, they can still be exposed to lungworm larvae in the slime these creatures leave on grass, toys left in the garden, and puddles or ponds.
The first thing to do if you catch your dog snacking on these ubiquitous gastropods, is not to panic.
Although these are the most common vectors for lungworm infection in dogs, not every slug or snail will pose a risk. Much will depend on the prevalence of this parasite in the local fox population, and other dogs.
It makes sense however - whether an event like this is a one off or a regular occurrence - to take a few simple steps to minimise the risk of infection developing.
Aiding The Expulsion Of Lungworm Larvae From The Gut
This can be done as follows:
- Give 2-3 drops 3 times daily of both the remedies (Intestinal Cleanse and Organ Cleanse) in the Natural Worm Control and Detoxification Support pack for 2 weeks.
2. Also give 1 teaspoon of freshly ground organic pumpkin seeds twice daily in food, alongside the remedies above for 2 weeks.
After an interval of 2 weeks, repeat the above.
Next, screen the stools for intestinal worms and lungworm using this kit in 5-6 week's time, as it can take a month for adult lungworms to develop and begin to lay eggs.
All dogs are best screened regularly for both intestinal worms and lungworm every 3 months. This helps to pick up any infections that occur in the early stages, so that the most appropriate treatment can be carried out, before serious damage to the gut, lungs and other parts of the body occur.
Additional Long-Term Protection
Adding Immunity to the diet, strengthens the gut immune system, which in turn helps the body eliminate worms and other unwanted guests from the bowels as effectively as possible.