Our Jack Russell, Betty, had a troublesome cough which we assumed was kennel cough, but when it refused to go away we suspected there was another underlying problem. After several visits to the vet, and lots of tests, we discovered she had had lung worm- common in donkeys, and, sadly, increasingly common in dogs.
Carriers include slugs, snails…and crayfish. The latter can often be seen in streams and rivers and recent “foreign invaders” are thought to be the culprits, especially American crayfish. It’s important to bring in toys and bones from your garden as slug and snail slime may harbour this horrible disease. Our JR nearly died…so do investigate any cough that lingers.
Meanwhile, she’s at it again- you know- THAT DUCK. 16 new ducklings appeared last week. She brought them down from her nest 20 feet up in the oak tree and marched them up the field. Phew. All safe. Now where did we put that netting?