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Lungworms are treatable with anti-parasitic (anthelminthic) medications. Commonly used medications include:
These medications should eradicate the worms over time and will help clear the animal of the infection. In severe cases, where secondary infections and lung damage have occurred, other medications such as corticosteroids or antibiotics may be necessary to help your pet recover.
An infection with lungworms does not typically last long. The dog often eliminates the worms by coughing them up or excreting them through the feces. Then, as long as the prescribed medication is given and the dog does not develop a secondary lung disease such as pneumonia, the prognosis is good.
In severe cases, repeat X-rays or fecal examinations may be needed to follow up.
To prevent exposure to rodents, birds, or other animals which may carry the lungworm larvae, dogs should not be allowed to roam outdoors.
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
The windpipe; it carries air from the bronchi to the mouth
A disease of the lungs that is created by the enlargement or change in the alveola and alveolar walls
Having a hard time breathing; breathing takes great pains
Any female animal that has given birth.
The use of a stethoscope (usually) in listening to the sounds of an animal's body.