Nationwide slug & snail count launched!
Watch our video for details on the nationwide ecological experiment ‘The Big Snail Count’ as part of ‘Act on Lungworm’ campaign which aims to help raise awareness of the potential risk of the lungworm parasite (Angiostrongylus vasorum),which can be fatal to dogs.
People across the UK are being urged to join a nationwide ecological experiment ‘The Big Snail Count’ as part of ‘Act on Lungworm’ campaign which is aimed at helping dog owners recognise the link between mollusc activity in their gardens and the risk of lungworm to their pet.
The initiative will encourage families to take part in a timed snail and slug count within their gardens and local parks, recoding and submitting data on the number, location and activity.
The Count is ahead of a wider lungworm research programme taking place throughout 2015, which hopes to create an overview of lungworm prevalence and spread across regions of the UK to date.
Infection with lungworm can cause serious health problems in dogs and can even be fatal if not diagnosed and treated.
Evidence from the Royal Veterinary College confirms the lungworm parasite has spread across the UK, from its traditional habitat in the south of England and Wales, and is now widespread in Central England, also reaching northern regions and Scotland.
Watch the following video to find out more about lungworm and for details on how you can join ‘The Big Snail Count’.