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URGENT: Dog eating slug. What do I do? Is it poisonous? Should I go to vet?

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Minorroad Sat 18-Jun-11 14:41:55

Slugs are poisonous, right? I have sort of hosed her mouth. What do I do? Do I go to vet? She is ok but a bit wet and pissed off with being hosed. I didn't know what to do. I got slug out with my fingers. Please advise asap if we need to go to vet.

Samvet Sat 18-Jun-11 14:44:46

Slugs are not poisonous. They can carry lungworm so you should get some preventative treatment for that next week. Slug bait is toxic - is that what you were thinking of?

Minorroad Sat 18-Jun-11 14:44:52

It was a light green one. And plump. I scraped around her mouth with my fingers but she might have some of it in her stomach. I really need to know what to do.

Sausagesarenottheonlyfruit Sat 18-Jun-11 14:45:00

No they're not poisonous. Don't worry. The worst case scenario is your dog may pick up a worm - assuming you worm treat your dog then there won't be a problem.

Samvet Sat 18-Jun-11 14:46:08

Lung worm requires specific wormers but this is not urgent! Don't panic!

fruitshootsandheaves Sat 18-Jun-11 14:46:22

If she is prone to eating slugs you should be aware of lungworm as it can be fatal.
I suggest you do at least phone the vet.

Minorroad Sat 18-Jun-11 14:46:32

Samvet; thanks, do I need to go to the vet? No slug bait. It was in my garden and we don't use slug bait. I thought the slugs themselves were poisonous.

Samvet Sat 18-Jun-11 14:47:44

No. You just need to call next week and get a type of wormer licensed for lungworm. Lungworm is very serious but doesn't happen overnight.

libelulle Sat 18-Jun-11 14:48:08

My uncle once swallowed one for a dare. Admittedly he's dead now, but only about 65 years after the slug swallowing incident, so probably no connectionsmile

Samvet Sat 18-Jun-11 14:48:37

Slugs are not toxic themselves, some dogs just find them yummy.

DaisySteiner Sat 18-Jun-11 14:49:30

Glad dog will be OK. I mis-read your title as 'dog-eating slug' and was imagining something out of a horror film blush grin

DaisySteiner Sat 18-Jun-11 14:50:04

Can verify slugs not poisonous - our ducks are always munching on them!

meditrina Sat 18-Jun-11 14:50:35

It's not that different from escargots.....

Samvet Sat 18-Jun-11 14:53:08

There is a river cottage episode where Hugh fw fries slugs and eats them. Even he thought they were gross.

Minorroad Sat 18-Jun-11 14:55:52

Thanks for all replies. I rang the emergency vet and he confirmed what you have said about lungworm. I panicked. Thanks so much. I hate slugs! Dog is fine but was not happy at the time at me scraping the critter out.
@libel; your uncle was mental. How much did we win.

Thanks thanks thanks.

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