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English bull terrier nearly dies from parasitic lungworm

By WBMiles  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

Eve Pilcher with her dog Wilma, who has recovered from a rare illness that could have been fatal.

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A much-loved dog nearly died from a disease that is on the rise in Cornwall.

Eve Pilcher from Truro wants more dog owners to be aware of the potentially fatal lungworm parasite.

Her English bull terrier Wilma nearly died from the disease but quick action from the vet saved her life.

Mrs Pilcher said: “She kept on coughing but we assumed it was part of a chair she had been chewing in her throat.”

Tests were carried out after the symptoms continued and the vet diagnosed parasitic lungworm.

Mrs Pilcher said Wilma had made a full physical recovery but the illness had knocked her confidence.

“Before, she was always keen to go out for a walk and to meet other dogs,” said Mrs Pilcher. “For quite a while afterwards she didn’t want to go for a walk.”

Lungworm is a parasite that dogs become infected with after eating or accidentally swallowing common garden slugs and snails.

Mrs Pilcher said: “It could have killed her, I’m lucky that my dog survived.

“I just want people to be aware that it’s easily cured and as long as it’s caught in time it’s treatable.”

A new campaign Act on Lungworm has been set up to remind dog owners about the parasite and more information is available online at www.facebook.com/jungleforpets

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  • Lafrowda  |  February 11 2014, 10:41AM

    Dog owners to join with gardeners & allotment holders to declare a war of extermination on the slug & snail population. This is the Home Front for today. The species of human being called British is facing a new threat as gardens, allotments, and dogs are under attack. Coupled with the E.U. assault and the immigration wave will this ancient race cope with a war on so many fronts ? We call for the Government to appoint a Minister for Slugs to head up & co-ordinate the various efforts that will be required. As cobras do not eat slugs can we suggest "Hedgehog Committee".