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Old 07-03-2007, 08:39 AM   #1
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Default Puppy Eating Snails!

My now 10 1/2 week old golden pup seems to have taken a bit of a fancy to snails. Unfortunately the current wet weather in the UK has brought the snails out in force in our garden so whenever I let her out there is a ready made feast all waiting for her. Anyway of stopping her doing this? Are snails bad for dogs? I know the French like them!

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Someone I talk to on another forum has a dog that eats snails too. She doesn't seem bothered by them, but then she's an adult dog. Hope you manage to sort it out.
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Is your dog on year-round heartworm prevention? If not, I'd get your dog checked for heartworms & start preventives immediately.

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Parkvets: Lungworm in the UK

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Heartworm is a major parasite of dogs in many parts of the world and causes serious health problems in unprotected animals. In Europe the 'common' form of heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is prevalent in areas around the Mediterranean and is spread by mosquitoes. Vets occasionally see this form of heartworm in imported dogs arriving from affected areas. However this may become more of a problem as UK dogs travel on mainland Europe under the Pet Travel Scheme.

In the UK a different type of heartworm is already present. Up until quite recently the parasite Angiostrongylus vasorum (French heartworm) was thought to be limited to certain areas in Cornwall and Wales. Only one case had ever been reported in the south-east of England but that all changed at the end of 1999 and through 2000 as veterinary surgeons were presented with increasing number of these cases.

Since 2000 we have diagnosed several cases of Angiostrongylus vasorum at Parkvets. As of 2006 we would now consider this parasite endemic in south-east England. Although most cases have occurred in dogs that are known to eat snails we have found a few cases where owners were unaware that their pets had this habit so do not think that just because you have never seen your pet eat a snail that they actually do not.
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snails (and slugs) are vectors of parasitic worms. they can also make a dog very ill. Our second girl was hospitalised as a pup for 3 days, after eating slugs.

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Wow that seems pretty serious. I had a good look through that. She is wormed and will be wormed every month and she's been having panacur for that. Will that be ok to stop infections?!!

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Will that be ok to stop infections?!!
It should be if the meds work as directed. I'd check with your vet just to be sure you're using the best possible preventive.
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That's brilliant. Thanks for the help but I will try my best to stop her eating them in the first place. Apart from anything else its disgusting!

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