Dogs and slugs and nematodes, the lowdown
Are common garden slugs harmful to dogs?
The slugs themselves aren't BUT they can carry a parasite called lungworm. If your dog eats the slug they can become infected. Slugs can be tiny, your dog may eat one when cleaning, playing with a toy or eating a treat.
The adult lungworm grows inside the dog and travels to live in their heart and blood vessels, they then reproduce and this is where the dog can become seriously ill. Please speak to your vet if your dog is off colour and if you are worried about lungworm.
So how can you reduce slug numbers in your garden?
There are many slug control treatments and contraptions on the market, some are dog or pet safe and others aren't. Some are also far more effective than others. Chemical based slug controls are not wildlife friendly and dog should not be allowed on to treated areas immediately after they have been put down.
Nematodes; dog safe and super effective
Lots of people ask if nematodes are safe for dogs and the answer is ABSOLUTELY! They are 100% biological and safe, your dog can dig and play on treated areas immediately.
They are also extremely effective, there are up to 95% more slugs in your garden than you ever see as the vast majority live underground. Only nematodes will reach this part of the population and stop them making their way to the surface.