The prob­lem: Lung­worm Vet’s ad­vice

“I have had dogs op­er­ated on be­fore and my vet has of­fered me a blood sam­ple to look at their liver and kid­ney func­tion. Now he also wants to do a test for lung­worm. Is this nec­es­sary or a nice lit­tle earner?”

Sporting Gun - - Gundogs Dog Health - Neil Mcin­tosh SG’S gun­dog health ex­pert JAN­UARY 2019 www.shootin­guk.co.uk

Another good ques­tion. Why are peo­ple so scep­ti­cal of vets? Gen­er­ally speak­ing, I would ask: “What would you do if it was your dog?” If you don’t trust the an­swer, then you need to change vets.

Why

Specif­i­cally, I would have said a few years ago that a lung­worm test was un­nec­es­sary (un­less per­haps you were in south­ern Eng­land) but the sit­u­a­tion has changed Many dogs show no symp­toms of lung­worm, but prob­lems such as anaemia could be se­ri­ous for work­ing dogs such as this cocker

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