I just found out yesterday that Mason has Giardia. He had a loose stool on Tuesday evening and I immediately took a sample to his vet and this was the diagnosis that I got yesterday. He is on Panacur C (powder) for 9 days. My poor guy.
I've been researching Giardia on the Internet and have a couple of questions. I read that there is a vaccine for this. If so, is it worth him getting the vaccine?
He'e been pooping in our front yard and as you all probably know it sometimes had to pick up all of a loose stool. I don't want him to get reinfected so is there anyway to disinfect our yard?
After he poops I wipe his bottom with a Nature's Miracle pet wipe. Is this okay or should I actually bathe him each time he poops?
Do I need to wash all of his bedding, toys, etc?
Is it okay for him to still sit on the sofa with us? I read that humans can also get this parasite.
I emailed all of the questions this morning to his vet, but thought I might get a faster response here.
when I adopted my dog, i took him for a vet check even though he had just had one from the organization that adopted him, and i found out he had girardia (and coccidia)too. I never got it, my other dog never got it. Just be dilegent about picking up after him outside and if he has an accident for some reason, use bleach to disinfect afterwards. Wash your hands a lot as well. Don't get too paranoid but still be careful and clean.
JR1012, sorry, I was'nt ignoring you. It's just that if you know the life cycle of the rotten little parasite, you will know that it can survive outside the body for quite some time. Most breeders have found ammonia to be more effective than Javex. That's not to say you could'nt alternate, with both.
Hi, From what I've read, Panacur C is a 3 day treatment for worms. Giardia is not a worm. I would ask the Vet for metronidazole. I gave it to Alvin for 8 days. He hasn't shown any signs (loose stool or throwing up) since. Fortuneately I don't have any other dogs to worry about and I have trained Alvin on pads from day one. I just throw the pad away after he goes.
My advice to you is to feed him probiotics as well. The Flagyl kills the harmful bacteria, as well as the good intestinal flora that he needs. Look for the best one you can find. Also, divide the last 3 doses of flagyl up into 6 little packets, and feed it to him with canned food. You never know when the cysts will break open, and they frequently hide, and burst after the treatment is over,that's why Giardia is so hard to kill. Clean his water and food bowls with boiling water and ammonia, and toss his bed, unless you can wash it the same way. Giardiasis can live outside the body for some time, unless extreme cold, or extreme heat kills them. Yes, there is a vaccine for Giardia, which lessens the transmission of the cysts, it is not a foolproof vaccine.
Giardia (beaver fever) is a spring thing, or at least it is more common as a result of spring runoff. Wildlife feces in the water...
I agree metronidazole is one effective treatment however fenbendazole (Safeguard) is also effective against Giardia. Safeguard might be more available to someone who has horses to worm. It is an anti parasitical as opposed to a "wormer".