Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Orange County, California
Re: Giardia diagnosis - advice please!
Thanks for your prompt responses. As to where we live....we live in Newport Beach, in an urban setting (ok, maybe suburban - low rise - ....definitely not country, open spaces, etc.). As I said, we got the dog 5 weeks or so ago. Since he's been with us, he's not been anywhere unpaved, other than some walking on the grass of the greenbelt! Just walks around the neighborhood (leashed) to get him acquainted with his new home area. He has never had anything to drink other than from our faucets (clean). No rivers, streams, open water, open land, etc. A city kid.
He has not played with any other dogs (he's actually shy and seems afraid of other dogs) though he did come from a home/kennel with other dogs that is in a more rural area. We have a fenced yard, and have not had a dog in over 10 years, though we do get occasional possums, and Jerry was *skunked* in our yard the first weekend we had him. Neighbors behind us all have dogs but I've not heard of any problems.
As I indicated, Jerry came from a kennel situation, and so far as I know isn't housebroken. Especially with the amount of shedding, no way will I let him into the house now. Just rubbing him vigorously (as in play) sends hair flying all over. Previously the hair coming out looked to be the whitish, crimpy-looking undercoat...now after his professional bathing and grooming last week (could that be the cause?) with Furminator, lots of undercoat is gone, and the topcoat is shedding (black and tan/silver straight hair). Looking at the pics we took when we got him (on the newcomer forum) and seeing him now, it's obvious that he's shed a lot of hair (he's not as bulky now). He's not bald by any means, and has no bald spots, and unfortunately at this point, I have no clue how much hair constitutes "blowing his coat". Is it undercoat only, or top hair, too, that "blows"?
The vet provided me with the powdered Panacur (sp?), and I will mix it with some wet food to make sure Jerry eats it. After 5 days of this, I'm to bring in another stool sample.
In the meantime, I will do what I can to clean the rug he has (that he rarely sleeps on), and wash his Nylabone and Kong. As for the yard and deck, I will scrub them as I can, and soak the grass as I can, but it's not flat, so avoiding runoff may be an issue.
As I mentioned, he has not had diarrhea at all since we've had him and has 1-2 movements a day with the Avoderm. Barring anything negative I hear about that food, I'm inclined to keep him on it (we started him on it about a week after we got him, and he was also shedding a lot before we switched him to the Avoderm).
Thanks for all your help. We just love Jerry, and he seems crazy about us...but this has been a real shocker learning curve.