Giardia is a parasite which can infect animals and people.
Erin Dowler (veterinarian) – May 2014
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.
Giardia generally presents as diarrhoea and sometimes there are also cramps and vomiting/nausea.
Your vet can check for this by sending a faceal sample to the lab.
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.
Avoid allowing your dog to drink from puddles or other unsanitary water sources.
It is important to maintain good hygiene
and decontaminate the environment to prevent...
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