LUNGWORM hotspots across the four coastal counties have been revealed after vets warn thousands of dogs are at risk from the deadly parasite.

Damp or humid weather causes slug and snail activity to explode, meaning dogs are at greater risk of contracting lungworm when outdoors.

Dogs can be infected with the potentially fatal parasite when they eat common slugs and snails in their garden or on walks, and can also pick up lungworm while rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, drinking from puddles or outdoor water bowls, or picking it up from their toys.

The slime of slugs and snails can contain the infective lungworm parasite that can cause disease in dogs.

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Ten cases have been found across the four coastal counties, with six in Anglesey, two in Gwynedd and one in both Conwy and Denbighshire.

In Anglesey, the map shows one case in Amlwch, one near Gadfa, one near Capel Gwyn, one in Llangefni, one in Gaerwen and one in Menai Bridge.

Meanwhile, cases have been reported in Gwynedd in Caernarfon and Y Ffôr.

The one case in Conwy is in Colwyn Bay, while Denbighshire’s sole case is in Rhyl.

Rhyl Journal: Locations of lungworm cases across North Wales. Photo: Screenshot of a map from Mypet&ILocations of lungworm cases across North Wales. Photo: Screenshot of a map from Mypet&I

What are the symptoms?

The common symptoms include the following:

- Coughing

- Breathing problems (fast, heavy, noisy)

- Weight loss

- Unexplained bruising and bleeding

- Seizures

- Collapse and shock

- Blindness

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