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Lungworms in dogs (Oslerus osleri) Owner Factsheet

There are several species of worms that can infect the airways of dogs and these are termed lungworms. One of these,Oslerus osleri(previously known asFilaroides osleri)is a parasitic worm with the adult worms found in the upper airways (trachea). Infection is not common in most of the UK and generally affects dogs in kennels (such as racing greyhounds).

Image: Lifecycle: Oslerus osleri - diagram ©Vetstream Ltd

What are lungworms?

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How could my dog get infected?

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How do I know if my dog is infected?

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How would my vet know what is wrong with my dog?

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What is the treatment for lungworm?

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If my dog is infected can it pass disease to me or my other pets?

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