A head nurse and her team held an awareness evening for clients after several dogs in their area were affected by lungworm.
Miss Simmonds and her team, helped by Bayer’s practice support advisor Jo Wyatt, outlined the life cycle of the parasite and how dogs could become infected.
Owners were also told about the signs and symptoms that infected dogs could display, and were shown a map indicating positive diagnosis of lungworm across the UK.
Miss Simmons said she had been inspired to hold the event after attending an evening hosted by a local equine practice.
“Having seen several cases of lungworm ourselves we really wanted to get the word out to our clients that it is in our area and becoming much more of a risk,” she said.
“Organising the evening took a lot of work, but we were thrilled with the response from our great clients and we had an excellent turnout on the night.
“The feedback we received from clients that attended the evening was excellent and we are now looking forward to planning our next client event.”
She said the presentation from Miss Wyatt, in which she emphasised how important it was for owners to be aware and to spread the word to other people, had been “second to none”.