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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-19-2015, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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giardia and coccidia

friend got a pup from a breeder ( not a GSD) and I'm wondering if some issues are attributed to breeder. Not wanting to get breeder in trouble, don't even know who they are, but my daughter thought about gettiing a pup so wonder if the following would disqualify the choice.

First the friend was told to pick up pup at 7 weeks then the pup has puppy tested positive for giardia and coccidia.

I think I would look elsewhere but looking for more opinions.



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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-19-2015, 09:25 PM
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My breeder said Cocidia was in her soil and she always treated all pups for it and sent us home with medicine to give daily for a week. Two weeks after the litter was broken up, she called to say a pup had tested positive for giardia and to watch for it. My breeder was proactive which makes a difference, just my opinion.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-22-2015, 09:07 PM
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Not a deal breaker for me- once giardia gets established... well hard to get rid of. but they should tell you about it and be proactive like Moriah said.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-23-2015, 12:06 AM
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these sound much scarier than they are.... almost anytime a dog has diarrhea and someone suggests "it's probably just a bug" - these are the "bugs". coccidia is more common in puppies where as giardia can affect anyone, including humans. symptoms are generally diarrhea or loose stools (blood, mucous or both can be present) but coccidia also carries the potential of vomiting or hives. hydration is key. and puppies should absolutely be treated where as some adult dogs can resolve it themselves.

fecal matter is the culprit, even the tiniest bit, so yeah it can be difficult to control/eliminate once established.

I work in kennel with an elaborate cleaning routine that takes place multiple times a day with a very expensive product and we still get a handful giardia cases per week.

to consider it a deal breaker for a breeder would be similar to pulling your kid from a daycare because they caught a cold.

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