If your concerned with medications see a homeopathic vet for a second opinion, the risks are low with the meds, but the parasite will have more of an impact on the pets health in the long run.Humans can of course contract this parasite
I can only relate to giardia with birds. I know quite a bit about it, actually. Giardia is left on anything that the dog plays with, so things need to be washed with bleach such as cloth toys and bedding and bones should be thrown away. It is very contagous. I wouldn't mess around with it, and if you know your dog has it, than you should get your water tested, too. Ella's mom
What type of medications is your dog on? There are a few different meds out there for giardia such as Metronidazole, Fenbendazole, A combination of praziquantel, pyrantel and febantel. Maybe you can find another medication that doesn't have alot of side effects. I would ask your vet.
Thanks everyone you replies mean alot to me as far as the meds he is on its Metronidazole, Fenbendazole. But it did not work and he still has the parasite.... I am very upset I purchased the dog and had him tested 2 days later , the vet told me he has giardia....I am so upset, i understand that Humans can contact this .......I did not know it goes through is salava....so anything he touched has it...I was under the impresseion that only if you came in contact with his stoole.. you can get it....I have no Ideas what to do...the bills are stacking up....and i wanted to go to a hompatic vete but I cant seem to find on in Staten Island....,
Go back and start another medication, the dog may be reinfecting himself.wash everything, use stainless steeel bowls and wash with bleach and dich soap let them soak, including his water bowl.You may have made an error with the administering.recheck the dosages and start again...
wow- I have to wash everything that he comes in contact with, does this mean when he licks me I can catch it i have been washing my hands to the bone...I though you can only catch it by direct contact with his stoole
My pom also had giardia once. We used the medication, and our vet told us to rinse his butt with seltsum blue (or whatever that stuff is called) each time he pooped. We did, and it was gone the next week!
If he still has it, you may need to consider environmental factors, like your water. I believe there are water filters that can remove this from your water. This is more common if you have your own water well, not on city water.
Also, as mentioned, you'll need to completely clean everything to remove it.