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    This is her just before she got sick. She still can't stand but has improved and can put some weight on one of her legs. So hoping there will be more improvement again tomorrow as she responds to the cortisone.

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    Haven't really looked at this thread as I'm useless when it comes to sick/ill animals, but I do want to say that she is gorgeous.
    Hope things head in the right direction for the both of you. <3

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    Thank goodness she is going to get better. Rat worms -what a horrible thought. I have never heard of this before. On the good side of things it wasnt TNS which is a terminal genetic disease of BC puppies. I have had 3 friends lose their pups to this so I was mighty glad when it was diagnosed as something curable.

    She is adorable.

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    Well never heard of them but it must be a relief to know what you are fighting... Keep us updated
    Gorgeous pup

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    Such a cute dog - but I'm biased.

    Hope she gets well and lives to chomp on your toes for puppy fun.

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    Cutey patooty. She is cute. Part of bringing up any baby, no matter what mammal it is, is watching they do not eat what they should not. I am pretty sure that if you have had a human baby, you have watched it put something totally unsavoury in it's mouth. Puppies are no exception. They do not have hands so their mouth is how they explore this strange new world they find themselves in.
    I have taken at least 2 snails out of my 9 month old Syder's mouth so far, happily without ill effect. You just have to be very vigilant.
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    I did take the slug out of her mouth. Vigilence wasn't the issue unfortunately I didn't know at the time that slugs carry angiostropylus cantonesis (rat lungworm) Whether she ingetsed it fully or not wasn't the problem, its the fact that she picked it up at all. Children would be affected the same and actually it's more adults (often on stag parties according to my research) who become ill after daring each other to eat slugs/snails. People also get it from not thoroughly washing vegetables like lettuce as the larvae survive. Fortunately the symptoms are not as severe and are usually manifested in vomitting,headaches etc. It's not a rare problem and affects most of east coast Australia, particularly Brisbane and further North. The worms can only survive in mice or rats but the larvae are passed on to snails/slugs/ birds/bats and often foxes and dogs become infected. the larvae make their way to the CNS and thats what causes the paralysis symptoms experienced by our pup. They don't develop into adult worms as the dog is just an incidental hostt and they are passed out. Although unfortunately with often fatal or severe consequences. Pups are 6 months are particularly susceptible as their immune system isn't as strong and they are more likely to eat anythng and everything in the garden.We are very lucky that our vet was able to recognise the condition and treatemnt was administered sooner rather than later. The good news is she is now home and walking around. Though the back right still often collapses and it's a bit of a side ways walk at times. But they are pleased with her progress and we are over the moon that she is on the mend, though at this stage it is still too eraly to say whether there will be any lasting neurolgical damage but we have everything crossed and it is just good to see her happy and able to wag her tail again!

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    Well it is way to dry where I live for slugs than goodness. But a good warning for the east coasters. You can certainly keep your paralysis ticks and slugs over there thankyou.

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    So pleased to hear that she is improving Annie. I saw a documentary on the effects of Rat Worms on humans, and it was awful.

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    Maggie ate snails as a pup ...they have revolting tastes..if you have a garden vigilance has its limits. This sounds like plain bad luck and could happen to anyone. All the best
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