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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Papillon Dog eating Garden Slug, Snail (Parasite Lungworm in Dogs)

The garden slug or snail may be the size of your Papillon, but that does not keep him from possibly ingesting it!
Moist and wet conditions brings out the garden slug, or snail, and many of our four-legged friends are very curious about this attractive looking snack, including Toy breeds, as Papillons and Phalenes.
The slug itself is not that harmful, but a slimy slug or snail can be a carrier of  parasites, which leads to a serious infection in your pet,  including lungworm, which may be fatal.
Lungworm  disease is difficult to spot since many of the symptoms are seen in many other illnesses in the dog, and therefor miss-diagnosed.
Following are the general symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Tiring easy
  • Does not want to play, exercise, or walk with you
  • Weight-loss
  • Poor appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Depressions
  • Seizures
  • Persisting bleeding from minor cuts



A small portion of dogs  are hidden carriers and do not show any symptoms.
It also can take a while before symptoms show up heavily, and then it may be too late.
If  your pet exhibits any of the above symptoms, have the veterinarian do a test for lungworm. It is treatable!!


Do not use pellets to kill slugs and snails in your yard. They will kill your dog before the snail does!!
Do not leave out toys overnight, or rawhide bones. The slugs leave a trail of slime, and the parasite is carried by the slime.





1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the info Antje. I did not know about Lungworm. I will ask my vet about what he suggests. We do have those pesky snails and slugs although I went out last fall early morning and collected them, salted them down, and threw them in the garbage, so I'm hoping I got rid of them. We still have the snails that love to hide in the hostas. Patty

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