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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 · 18/06/2011 14:41

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.

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Samvet · 18/06/2011 14:44

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?

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Minorroad · 18/06/2011 14:44

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.

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Sausagesarenottheonlyfruit · 18/06/2011 14:45

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.

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Samvet · 18/06/2011 14:46

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

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fruitshootsandheaves · 18/06/2011 14:46

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.

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Minorroad · 18/06/2011 14:46

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.

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Samvet · 18/06/2011 14:47

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.

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libelulle · 18/06/2011 14:48

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 connection:)

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Samvet · 18/06/2011 14:48

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

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DaisySteiner · 18/06/2011 14:49

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

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DaisySteiner · 18/06/2011 14:50

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

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meditrina · 18/06/2011 14:50

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

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Samvet · 18/06/2011 14:53

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

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Minorroad · 18/06/2011 14:55

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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