Not so fantastic
I read a lot in the press about foxes spreading diseases to dogs. It’s all just another attempt at demonising them, isn’t it?
Neil says: Unpalatable though it is to many, the urbanisation of foxes has done little for them or for us. I am sure they are involved in more road traffic collisions, have a poorer diet and, yes, carry disease. Setting aside fleas, tapeworms and sarcoptic mange, there is increasing evidence that they are, in part at least, responsible for the spread of the lungworm, Angiostrongylus vasorum. Indeed, the aptly named Mark Fox, who is professor of veterinary parasitology at the Royal Veterinary College, conducted a one-year study of the worm in foxes. The results were not favourable. There was a high overall prevalence of infection of 74 per cent and Professor Fox concluded this could compromise the control of Angiostrongylus in dogs. In my opinion, any dogs that are in regular contact with foxes should receive monthly anthelmintic treatment.