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Emma Holt

Wow that’s a nice find on a blind BAL!

Is it an angiostrongylus larvae? Visualisation of the parasite itself should be diagnostic I think, so I don’t think any further testing would be needed?

Licensed treatment would be advocate, but fenbendazole is also used quite frequently off-license I think. If there was a large worm burden then steroids may be indicated alongside, depending on clinical signs in response to the advocate.

It’s really interesting that the radiographs were unremarkable, maybe I should consider BAL’s more frequently 🙂