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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice on Giardia

WD is recovering from a major bout of Giardia. He is on Metronidazole (7 day treatment) to get on top of this. It is working and he doing well.
I want to continue the treatment with Kocci Free. Question: can I give this as soon as he has finished his antibiotics? For how long should he be treated with Kocci Free?
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Theoretically as soon as he is done with metronidazole treatment the giardi should be clear from his system.

Also keep in mind giardia is endemic in some areas, it is estimated 10% of dogs in colorado have giardia and dont show clinical signs. Personally I would prefer this as the system adjusts to the giardia.

Its just my opinion that after the metronidazole I wouldnt continue treatment with anything else. However the recommended treatment is 10 days if you do continue. You could even probably do 7 just fine as like I said the giardia should technically be cleared already.

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What is Kocci Free?
Stella had giardia when she was younger....ugh. We had to do more than 1 round of metronidazole and panacur before we got rid of the buggers. And then we added a probiotic for her digestive system. I hope to never experience that again.

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Kocci free is a natural herb supplement used to clear giardia, cysts, and gi bacteria. Recommended to use for about 10 days following diarrhea. From there I dont know much more and dont have any actual experience using it

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I have used Kocci free and it is FANTASTIC. I used it for Chama and for Rafi. It works really well. I didn't use anything else and they both tested clear afterwards.

Re: duration--I followed the directions. Herbs are very powerful so you do not want to keep him on it for longer than they recommend.

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He is clear! The last stools were soft and after eating a lamb neck and the next day a good meal of tripe, everything is fine. I have the Kocci Free available just in case he gets it again.
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Good to hear he's clear. How do you think he got giardia?
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No clue, he swims in all ponds and streams when he gets the chance, eats (coyote) poop etc.
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