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Old 08-24-2014, 06:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Quick question re Giardia.....

My son's 6 month old puppy was diagnosed with Giardia last week. My 3 year old girl met the puppy before we knew this. They sniffed and ran around a bit, not too long as my girl needs time to be ok with another dog.

Just how contagious is it? How long should I wait to get back to socializing my girl and the pup?

We had to deal with Giardia when Stella was younger and I would prefer not to deal with it again.....talk about cannon butt.....
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe it's mostly transmitted via stagnant water, however, I also think they can get it from say, stepping in dogs poop / licking their feet off / eating poop thats infected..Doubt they can get it from biting, saliva, but not sure on that one..
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Giardia is spread when it is ingested. Fecal-oral transmission. Yes, usually waterways. But any fecal ingestion as well.

Many dogs can carry giardia and not have symptoms. For example, it's endemic here in Colorado, and it's estimated 10% of dogs carry giardia at any given time without displaying symptoms.

That being said, the dogs should likely be separated while the one is having diarrhea. Pick up any stools from the yard. otherwise, just keep an eye on your girl for any symptoms. Just two dogs playing is not going to spread giardia. Unless again there is fecal ingestion.
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Stella has had mushy poop the last 3 days. I really can't imagine she had any fecal contact with the pup....
Vet wants to put her on metronadazole. I am going to see what tomorrows poop looks like.
Since she is raw fed, should I keep feeding her regular raw diet? She is eating normally at the moment....
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I always threw some canned pumpkin..amongst other items... in my dog's raw diet when she had the runs.... you probably have already tried that...and with giardia it probably doesn't work as well.

Perhaps, investigate fasting the dog for a day....


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Cafall had a bout of Giardia in July. We tried everything to help solidify the poo but ended up treating with metronadazole and it worked like a charm. He had firmer stools in 2 feedings and was putting on weight again within two weeks. I had tried having Cafall fast for 24 hours and it made no difference. I didn't give him any raw simply because of being on antibiotics and not wanting to take any chance of other not so friendly bacteria taking up residence in his gut. He's had raw since and been fine. I'd talk about it with your vet. Best wishes for a quick recovery!
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A healthy immune system will keep giardia in check most often

Did your vet do a fecal test?
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Metronidazole is a great gi focused antibiotic that has minimal side effects. Berlin gets diarrhea frequently after swimming in new water areas, and I also just put him on a short course of metronidazole and probiotics
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