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Old 01-23-2013, 02:42 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Uhg I'm sorry! My golden poodle who was a rescue came home with giardia and gave it to my other dogs before we knew he had it... WHAT a nightmare, took many attempts to get rid of it - eventually we did dose with both. I feel for you and good luck and I hope she recovers soon!

On second viewing I do now think she looks a little bit too ribby but much better then being overweight, she could probably stand to gain a little... Probably the giardia wasn't helping any either!
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:43 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Well, she's got giardia.

Either again, or didn't fully clear it, even though the fecal test came back negative last time. Maybe just had low numbers so they missed it, but then came back?

That explains a lot actually. How do I get rid of it?! I have cleaned all her bedding, I mop the floor with Lysol cleaner almost daily. I gave her a bath even, washed her toys and bowls. ARGH!

This time I'm using Panacur, I used Metro last time and it really upset her tummy. I think my vet doesn't believe me on that point either.
In case you don't know, giardia is often picked up from stagnant water, so your dog is probably picking it up outside if one course of antibiotics is actually clearing the infection. My last dog had multiple bouts of giardia - he kept picking it up by drinking from rain puddles. Every time I slipped and he managed to drink from one, he'd get it again.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:46 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I haven't picked her & meds up yet.

Last time I just got the Metro.

What were her symptoms on the Metro? Really bad diarrhea. As in, the giardia was better than the cure

They are just giving me Panacur this time and we'll recheck and discuss trying Metro again, if it doesn't clear.

I don't get why they use an antibiotic for giardia, isn't it a parasite?
Metronidazole, being a "zole" family drug, is used for protozoan infections, and has excellent properties in the stomach. Panacur is "fenbendazole", another "zole" class drug.

I'm guessing the giardia was causing the diarrhea more than the metronidazole, but it could have exacerbated the diarrhea a bit.
We give metro routinely here in rescue for "non specific" diarrhea, that is, no protozoan like giardia or coccidia or parvo, just a stomach bug kind of thing.

In fact my brother is taking metro right now along with cipro for some stomach illness he has.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:59 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Usually metro/flagyl helps with diarrhea, and like msvette I've used it on my dogs when they have diarrhea for more than 24 hours and it has always helped, but I've heard several times that Panacur is better for treating giardia so I'd start with that.
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I looked up the side effects of Metro and apparently a rare side effect is bad diarrhea, I think she had that. Two days after she was done it, her poops were totally normal.

She doesn't really drink from puddles, I always have her on leash, so I can control that. Plus is about -25 degrees celcius today, so puddles are VERY frozen, including the cold water piping in my bathroom this morning I think it's likely she's getting it from her daycare. I'm not blaming them, it's just not a sterile environment and she's exposed to a lot of dogs.

Man, this giardia is a beyatch! I hate it so much!

It totally explains why she's not been gaining weight. Ugh. Poor dog! And poor me, because medicating her is no picnic! Ha ha

WAH!
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OH yeah daycare would explain it, and dog parks.
Pancur is either powder (?) or paste(?). Or a liquid. Mix it in her food?
I like to do that with dogs on a medication for a short time. I finally broke down and got "pill pockets" for my Doxie who's now on heart meds for life. However I rip the pill pockets apart to tiny shreds to make the pill pockets last longer! LOL
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Is it possible some probiotics might help while she's on it? When I'm on antibiotics, it reeks havoc on my digestive tract but probiotics seem to help... Maybe some yogurt in her food or get some probiotics from the vet?
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She's not on Metro this time, so I'll see how she handles the panacur. The yougurt is a good idea
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Well some good news, she likes the taste of the panacur liquid, so it's not nearly as bad to give her and the Metro tablets Ha ha
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The last study I ready said fenbendazole is about 90% effective in treating giardia whereas metronidazole is about 67%.
It is a crummy thing to deal with.
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