Dog Health: Giardia

Dog | Giardia

An Introduction to Giardia

Giardia is a parasite which can infect animals and people.

Erin Dowler (veterinarian) – May 2014




Causes of Giardia

Giardia is usually transferred from an infected water source, such as a puddle in a dog park. Cats can also be infected by ingestion of faeces from mutual grooming, shared litter boxes, and possibly, ingestion of infected prey species.




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Symptoms of Giardia

Giardia generally presents as diarrhoea and sometimes there are also cramps and vomiting/nausea.

Diagnosis

Your vet can check for this by sending a faceal sample to the lab.




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Treatment of Giardia

Treatment

Giardia can be treated with an antibiotic and/or anti-parasite treatment. A different diet may be needed and Metamucil may help maintain good gut health.

Prevention

Avoid allowing your dog to drink from puddles or other unsanitary water sources.

Advice/Tips

It is important to maintain good hygiene and decontaminate the environment to prevent...
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