It's gradually becoming more common

David Tomlinson adds:

Thirty years ago, Britain was free of lungworm (also known as hookworm), but this nasty parasite is now firmly established here. The blood-sucking lungworm looks like a roundworm, but it has teeth that it uses to attach or hook itself to the dog’s intestine. It changes the attachment site several times a day, leading to blood loss and causing anaemia and iron deficiency. Slugs and snails are the carriers, infecting foxes or dogs that eat them.

This is one worm that isn’t a threat to humans, but it can be deadly to dogs, though most make a full recovery if given the correct medication. If your dog doesn’t show any interest in eating slugs or snails you don’t have to worry too much.

  1. 1. An emerging disease
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