Did you know that dog lungworm (Angiostrongylus) can have effects on the heart? This nasty parasite causes respiratory signs and bleeding problems but it can also increase the blood pressure in the lungs (called pulmonary hypertension). This puts pressure on the right side of the heart and can cause heart failure.
A colleague of mine in North Manchester saw a dog with this problem just yesterday – lungworm is moving steadily northwards!
The great news is that lungworm can be treated, but the best thing is to prevent infection by worming your dog regularly with a product from your vet.
Here’s a picture of Angiostrongylus under the microscope