What do they look like and where do they live?
- Crenosoma vulpis, also called the “fox lungworm” affects dogs and foxes, and is found in many areas of the world, including the UK
- Adult Crenosoma vulpis worms live in the airways of the lung of infected dogs and foxes
- Adult females grow to around 10-14mm in length (male worms are shorter at around 6mm in length)
How can my pet contract Crenosoma vulpis?
- Dogs become infected with C. vulpis by ingesting infected slugs or snails
- As foxes can also become infected by this parasite, they can also spread the infection by shedding larvae into the environment
How will this parasite affect my pet?
- Disease in dogs is usually related to the respiratory system, and symptoms can include coughing, difficulty breathing, discharge from the nose and retching
- C. vulpis infections are rarely fatal in dogs
Can this parasite affect my health?
Crenosoma vulpis is not considered a disease risk to people.