I usually start our Thursday posts with our poem for Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge. I have to admit, though, that I did not complete my poem in time to share it today. My workplace has unexpectedly been pure chaos this week, and my poem got left in a partially completed state of limbo. So, we'll be sharing our poem this weekend. I'm quite enjoying writing this poem, truth be told. The photo prompt our host shared immediately gave me a really weird idea, which I guess is nothing new, but I'm really quite enjoying it. Anyway, that will be on our blog this weekend.
So, shall we move on to Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop? I think we shall.
We'll see you tomorrow, friends!
A few days ago we gave a tip relating to intestinal worms, including roundworms. We failed to mention lungworms, though, which are actually a type of roundworm. Slugs and snails are the common carriers of lungworm larvae. Dogs, therefore, can end up with a lungworm infestation if they eat a slug or snail that is carrying the larvae. It is also possible for cats to acquire lungworms, such as if they eat a slug or snail, or if they eat a bird or other prey that has eaten a slug or snail that is carrying lungworm larvae.
Lungworms, obviously, affect the lungs. Signs of lungworm infection can include coughing and difficulty breathing. In some cases, respiratory failure can occur. Needless to say, if you notice any respiratory distress in your kitty or pup, always have them seen by a veterinarian as quickly as possible. Diagnosis and treatment of any respiratory disorder, including lungworms, should not be delayed.
To help prevent any potential lungworm infection in your furbabies, be aware of their surroundings. Do you have slugs and snails in your yard, or in any areas where your furbaby visits? If so, keep an eye on them and try to prevent their ingestion of such critters. Also, do not leave toys or bowls outside where snails or slugs might be able to inhabit them, as this could result in even accidental ingestion of these critters that can carry lungworms. And, of course, if you have any concerns regarding the risk, prevention, or treatment of lungworms, discuss this with your veterinarian.