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.


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

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Treatment of Giardia


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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