Slugs are fatal to dogs

by Darren Jamieson on April 13, 2010

All dog lovers know that cats and dogs can’t generally live together, but slugs and dogs have an equally strained relationship. As we at Dream Dogs reported just over 12 months ago – the parasites that live on slugs can be potentially fatal to dogs – which is a common problem with many inquisitive dogs that wonder what slugs and snails taste like (perhaps they watch a lot French cuisine programmes).

As reported by the BBC yesterday however, the warmer weather we are (supposedly) experiencing in the UK, combined with the wetter weather we’re always experiencing, has led to an influx in garden snails and slugs. These slow moving, tasty looking creatures prove almost too tempting to many dogs as they forage around the garden looking for snacks and things to play with.

Slugs and snails feature the parasite lungworm, which can cause many different symptoms in dogs – such as diarrhoea, coughing, bleeding – all of which makes lungworm difficult to diagnose.

ESCCAP UK’s Maggie Fisher commented on the reasons for slugs and snails being more of a risk to dogs:

Factors such as warmer, wetter summers that favour slug and snail populations could be assisting this lungworm to establish in new areas.

A recent survey revealed that 75% of dog owners were unaware that eating slugs and snails could prove fatal to their dogs if ingested.


  1. Hi Just read your article and thought you would like to know of a brilliant Pet Dog protector….I like most gardeners suffer from slugs and snails in this damp weather and in fact now that the climate has changed we have the slug and snail problem all year round, I have tried beer traps, copper tape, and wire salt, egg shells, even throwing them in my neighbours garden etc,etc all these methods are not practical long lasting and are harmful to our wildlife. recently a lady gardener recommended a new device to control slugs and snails called the slugbell she has used it and found it to be absolutely brilliant at controlling them I have just ordered 6 of them to place around my flowers and vegetable garden ,here is there web page they use both Organic or Normal Metaldehyde pellets and that the small amount of pellets needed will last up to three months.!!! as they don’t dissolve in the soil and are pet i.e. Cat , Dog and wildlife Safe Brilliant for pet owners , I will try anything to keep my garden looking how it should whilst protecting natures cycle

    Comment by tabbycat — April 14, 2010 @ 11:41 am

  2. Hi! please help my dog for a month and a half he bit a slug I take it out of the mouth but noce to do so you will not pass anything can die? I do?

    Comment by Sofia — August 29, 2010 @ 5:44 am

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