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Old 01-15-2009, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All,

When we brought Rocky home 3 weeks ago, he tested positive for Giardia. We treated him, and at first I thought we had gotten rid of it, but now he is having diarrhea again. Part of the problem I think is that he eats his poo! I do everything I possibly can to avoid this - I go out with him ALWAYS and follow him around with a plastic bag to scoop it up the second he does it, but every now and then the little stinker turns right around and snatches it up. I was especially diligent when he was on his medication, but he could have gotten a small bit that was stuck to the grass. I will be calling the vet today to see if we should treat him again.

I really, REALLY want to get rid of this nasty bug, but it seems like this wretched little parasite is quite resilient. Has anyone else dealt with this bug? Do you have any other suggestions as to how I might knock it out for good this time?

I think if I re-treat him, I will take him out on a leash, disinfect his crate daily, and give him a good shampoo the last day he's on meds. I just want this thing to be gone!
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can order drontal plus online
http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/projects/dx...s/febantel.htm


Or you can do: Metronidazole Flagyl 11.5 to 15 mg/lb 2x/day for 5 days
Fenbendazole Safe-Guard or Panacur 22.5 to 25 mg/lb once daily 3 days

(Fenbendazole (e.g., Panacur® or Drontal-Plus®) now appears to be the drug of choice. Used in dogs and cats at 50 mg/kg for 3 (-5) days, fenbendazole has been shown to be completely effective in eliminating experimental Giardia infections, and with only mild vomiting/diarrhea as potential side effects.)

http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/health/giardia.htm



See:
http://www.beaglesunlimited.com/beag...giardiasis.htm

for ways to get rid of it from your kennel or home.

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Old 01-15-2009, 11:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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To help get rid of the poo eating eating problem..I would go back to housebreaking 101 and as soon as he is finished going, gleefully call him to you for a treat. Thsi will help redirect his attention to something better to eat. Racing to clean it up before he eats it only makes him dive on it faster....building "poop drive".

Giardia. I would suggest Tylan powder..not only does it cure stuff like that, but it also makes the poop taste nasty. I also might try building his digestive track back up with priobotics. Also a bland diet ( chicken and rice) to give his body a break and let it heal, then slowly adding kibble or whatever you feed ( raw?) back to his diet.

I hope he feels better soon!!!
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've been researching a lot about giardia and I have come to the conclusion that Panicur is a good drug to use.
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I have safeguard suspension, drontal plus and flagyl. I like the ease of safeguard or drontal. Drontal they don't mind chewing, safeguard is easy enough to put on food. I use these 2 as regular dewormers. Flagyl you're putting down the throat. I have it on hand, have never used it.
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I am so glad I saw this thread, because one of my fosters may have this. My vet wants to use Panacur, but I would prefer to use Drontal. For one it comes in pill form and most dogs turn there noses up to the Panacur powder when mixed with food. Second I have heard that Drontal is effective in killing a broader range of parasites (you get more bang for your buck so to speak).

When I asked about treating him with Drontal, the vet said it was not effective against Giardia. Can someone please clarify?
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http://www.drontal.com.au/faqs.php
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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A dog I pulled from a shelter was given Drontal to treat whip worms. For giardia I've been hearing Panacur (same as Safeguard?) is best. I gave Nikon a 5-day round in the powder form, once a day with a canned food meal. I don't think he had any parasites but it was his puppy de-worming from the breeder just in case. She did double doses and said that is what kills the giardia. He had no side effects and has never had poo issues or parasites.
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Drontal is the ONLY Allwormer registered to control Giardia sp in dogs. Giardia is a protozoan parasite found commonly in dogs and is frequently a cause of diarrhoea in puppies. Drontal should be administered at the correct dosage for body weight for 3 consecutive days.
It is important that Giardia has been correctly diagnosed by a veterinarian.


What worms does Drontal treat?

Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms and Tapeworms (Echinococcus granulosus - Hydatid tapeworms), (Dipylidium caninum – common flea tapeworm) (Taenia spp., Taenia ovis, T. pisiformis, T. hydatigena). Also aids in the control of shedding oocysts of the protozoan Giardia spp in dogs.
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The active ingredient in panacur, safeguard, drontal is febantel (Fenbendazole ). Drontal chewable also has Praziquantel, Pyrantel (as Pyrantel embonate).
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