Warning: Map shows outbreak of lungworms in North Wales

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LUNGWORM hotspots in all four coastal counties have been revealed after vets warned that thousands of dogs are at risk from the deadly parasite.

Wet or humid weather spikes slug and snail activity, which means dogs are at greater risk of contracting lungworm when outdoors.

Dogs can become infected with the potentially deadly parasite when they eat common slugs and snails in their garden or on walks, and can also catch lungworms from rummaging in undergrowth, eating grass, drinking from outdoor puddles or water bowls, or picking them up from their toys.

The slime of slugs and snails can contain the infectious lungworm parasite that can cause illness in dogs.

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Ten cases have been discovered in the four coastal counties, including six in Anglesey, two in Gwynedd and one in Conwy and Denbighshire.

In Anglesey, the map shows one case in Amlwch, one near Gadfa, one near Capel Gwyn, one in Llangefni, one in Gaerwen and one in Menai Bridge.

Meanwhile, cases have been reported in Gwynedd in Caernarfon and Y Ffôr.

The only case in Conwy is in Colwyn Bay, while Denbighshire’s only case is in Rhyl.

Locations of lungworm cases in North Wales. Photo: Screenshot of a map from Mypet&I

What are the symptoms?

Common symptoms include the following:

– To cough

– Respiratory problems (fast, heavy, noisy)

– Weightloss

– Unexplained bruising and bleeding

– Seizures

– Collapse and shock

– Blindness

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