Snails Can Spread a Deadly Dog Disease
Snails are not fast but they are fast enough to cover a big perimeter overnight. “Fast Moving Snails Spread a Deadly Dog Disease” By Matt McGrath http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23798012
During a experiment scientists have attached LED lights to snails to record their movements over night. Snails are very slow movers but they are fast enough to cover a average back yard from the UK in one night. Fast moving snails are spreading a deadly bacteria that is mortal for dogs. Due to the wet and humid climate of the UK snails are appearing everywhere. The numbers say that the amount of snails has increased 50% over the last year. The bacteria left by the snails is called Angiostronglyus vasorum and is a type of lungworm particularly dangerous for dogs. Dogs can confuse the snails with food or chew on garden toys and can get infected by this type of bacteria. This has caused a big riot for owners of dogs all over the UK. It has a bigger problem since it has spread from south England to Scotland. Scientists don't have a big solution for this problem but they are advising the owners of dogs to check their back yards often to reduce the snail risk.
Even though I don't own a dog this article relates to me because, I have always wanted one and I can't imagine how would I feel if I lost my dog due to something so small like a snail. In-fact this article can relate to everyone with a dog, Especially people living in the UK. The author of this article has a great point because animals are always taking for granted, For someone to put this much attention to this subject is amazing.
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