10 Things All Dog Owners Should Know About Lungworm

You may have heard lungworm being discussed by other dog owners in the park or even seen posters in the vet waiting room. But what actually is lungworm, what are the symptoms of lungworm in dogs and what is the best treatment for lungworm?

1. Lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) is a parasite that can cause serious health problems in dogs and can even be fatal if not diagnosed and treated early enough.

2. Slugs and snails carry the lungworm larvae which means dogs can become infected when they accidentally eat these common garden pests, or their infected slime.1

3. A recent survey of UK vets by Bayer, experts in parasitology, indicates that the vast majority (66%) have experienced a case of lungworm in their practice within the last year.2

4. Dogs of all ages and breeds can become infected with lungworm, but younger dogs are more likely to contract the parasite, due to their inquisitive nature and new owners not knowing enough about the risks of the parasite. The average age of affected animals is between just 10 and 14 months.3,4

5. If your dog likes to rummage through undergrowth, eat grass, drink from puddles or outdoor water bowls then speak to your vet about preventative treatment. Be careful about leaving your dog’s toys outside too as slugs and snails can be attracted to them.

6. Spring and autumn are peak times for slugs and snails due to the wet and mild conditions. It is important to be extra vigilant around these times.

7. Lungworm infection can result in a number of different signs in your dog which may be confused with other illnesses. However, some dogs will not show any signs.

8. Not all worming treatments cover lungworm. Only monthly prevention with products available on prescription from your vet will protect dogs against the parasite; use only every three months leaves dogs at risk of disease and even death.

9. Lungworm is now endemic throughout much of the UK, according to a study by researchers at the Royal Veterinary College, one in five veterinary practices in the UK have reported at least one clinical case in a dog.

10. To find out whether lungworm is in your area, search by postcode at http:/www.lungworm.co.uk/lungworm-map/

1. Conboy et al. WAAVP 2015
2. Survey of 300 UK Vets, conducted by Bryter in March 2017.
3. Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in 23 dogs (1999-2002), P. S. Chapman et al., Journal of Small Animal Practice (2004) 45, 435–440
4. Spatial, demographic and clinical patterns of Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in the dog population of Southern England, T. R. W. Blehaut et al., Veterinary Record (2014) doi: 10.1136/vr.102186

PetStay – The Five Star Franchise!

PetStay, The Alternative to Kennels have announced that they have won the
5* Franchisee Satisfaction Award run by Smith & Henderson.

Carole Davy, Managing Director and PetStay founder said “We are incredibly proud to have won this prestigious award and to be recognised for our franchise model, training and on-going support along with our branding and the excellent relationships we have formed with our franchisees. It is such an important award for PetStay as it comes from our franchisees. Although 5 stars have been achieved we are always looking to continuously improve and develop further to help the franchisees to successfully grow their businesses.

Smith + Henderson, an independent research agency, coordinate the 5 Star Franchise Satisfaction programme. Steven Frost, CEO, said PetStay was awarded 5 Star Franchisee Satisfaction based on positive feedback from their franchisees. They rated it above average across all five key areas that we measure in our industry benchmarking programme, such as training and support and the relationship with their franchisor.


Compared with the industry average PetStay were scored higher with head office support 18% above average, franchise system 10% above average, proven system 16% above average, respect 13% above average, trust 17% above average, do It again 18% above average.

Overall PetStay came out at 8% above the industry average score
PetStay have been established since 2005 but franchised the home-based business in 2012 and now have 35 branches nationwide with over 500 home checked, licensed & insured dog carers. Over the years PetStay has established an excellent reputation for providing a home from home environment for dogs, using hand-picked local carers who provide the best possible care for dogs while their owners are away on holiday.

Each of our franchisees have their own team of dog carers. After an in-depth consultation with the customer they then match the dog/s to one of their carers, next they organise a meeting for the customer to go visit the carer to make sure everyone is happy, this is a good time for the holiday dog/s and carer to bond and hear all about their routines. PetStay have a policy of not mixing dogs from different households so the service is exclusive to them.

We aim to grow to 50 branches by 2019 and are interested in hearing from anyone who would like to join one of the leading pet franchises in the UK.

We are looking for hard working, self-motivated individuals with a passion for dogs and the drive and determination to succeed. If you enjoy giving excellent customer service and want to provide the very best home dog boarding service in your area, we would like to hear from you. You’ll have a head start with PetStay, we want to work with people who believe in our service and have a genuine love for dogs.

Please email info@petstay.net for our franchise prospectus or call Carole on 01482 307684 for an informal chat with a member of the PetStay Team.