Unfortunately I have caught Fritz numerous times eating poop and he has drank water from many of the lakes and ponds around my house.Originally Posted By: Jax08no idea on cost but you should probably have your drinking / tap water tested.
Siena ate her own poop (and others) for a while too. We try really hard not to let her drink out of lakes/ponds, but she's a dog so it can be hard. There is a vaccine which we initially did, but then realized having it so long (hopefully) increased her immunity, so we did not do a second one. So far, so good (knock on wood)Originally Posted By: lrodptlUnfortunately I have caught Fritz numerous times eating poop and he has drank water from many of the lakes and ponds around my house.Originally Posted By: Jax08no idea on cost but you should probably have your drinking / tap water tested.
Just what I was thinkingOriginally Posted By: DocGiardia is best treated with Panacur. You can buy a 125ml 10% solution at Tractor Supply for around $18.00. Panacur liquid is not labled for dogs but the 10% solution is sold as Safe-Guard Goat Wormer and is the exact same thing. I would treat at 1ml per 5 pounds for 3 to 5 days. Panacur is very safe with little to no side effects. i would treat for 5 days then retest your pup in 2 weeks. Sometimes Giardia is very difficult to get rid of.
Metronidazole is simpler to use. However I would debate that it is not necessarily as cost-effective; because it requires a prescription. Unless you have a vet essentially in your pocket because he's already had his hands in your pockets and you just can call him up and ask him to write you a prescription. Typically a prescription requires an office visit, and office bill, gas, time off from work and plus the cost of the medication. For what it would cost for some people; to take one dog to the vet to get a prescription to treat one dog for Giardia or common intestinal worms; they could just order a 1000 mL bottle of safeguard that could treat 11 adult GSDs.Originally Posted By: Angela_W... Metronidazole aka flagyl. 250mg bottle is more cost effective to purchase than the fenbendazole.
My experience is that Metronidazole/Flagyl is not as effective. That was our first line of defense and it did not work on Siena, only the Panacur. Plus I hate the neurological side effects (and it also caused diarrhea for her).Originally Posted By: Angela_WIt's easier just to order the Metronidazole aka flagyl. 250mg bottle is more cost effective to purchase than the fenbendazole. I've had both (granted the safe guard is more a broader dewormer) but the pills are easier to administer. If you look at the website above (which is good info), see the page for giardia and not just deworming.
beagle health tab, you'll see giardiasis.
I made a mistake when I ran those numbers. That's only for one 3-day treatment; it's a good idea to give a second three day treatment within two to four weeks to try to make sure that all the parasites life stages are killed and eliminated from the body. So that would double the costs of using the packets.Originally Posted By: DogGone(using the Panacur in packets of three x 2 it would cost about $28 for one adult GSD; and about $308 to treat 11 GSDs)
The packets are much easier to use.Originally Posted By: Jax08http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=a981a331-83e0-42f5-bf86-0a5b069cc1f0
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Some of the parasites can be transferred by a dog licking your face or less commonly skin near a wound. Less commonly some parasites can be picked up by walking on contaminated ground particularly if you don't have socks or shoes on .Originally Posted By: zypand wash your hands!
People can get it and it's not pretty.
If the tap water was contaminated odds are humans would be infected also and more severely. I suspect treated city tap water for the should be free of Giardia. If the tap water is untreated well water, then it would be a very good idea to have it tested.Originally Posted By: Jax08you should probably have your drinking / tap water tested.
Are you trying to say that in the US you can get metronidazole for livestock without a prescription?Originally Posted By: LinI prefer using metronidazole, and have better luck than with panacur actually. You don't need a prescription, just order it from veterinary or farm supply stores. Its also marketed for other species such as under the name fish-zole but its pure metronidazole so you just have to get the dosage for the weight of your dogs.
Yes. You can also get many other antibiotics and medications without a prescription. I would never recommend doing this without knowing what you are doing. My vet fully knows what I am doing, what meds I have on hand etc. I've discussed it before with her, and she works with me on the many dogs and cats I've fostered. My friends always call me before or on their way to the vet to discuss problems. When self treating you also need to know when to go to the vet, such as if the treatment is not working. You also have to be very careful and know the dosages and length of time for medications especially antibiotics due to the huge problems of antibiotic resistance. If you don't use the correct antibiotic, or not long enough duration of treatment, you can cause resistant bacteria in both the strain you are treating or other bacteria present in the dogs system.Originally Posted By: DogGoneLin
Are you trying to say that in the US you can get metronidazole for livestock without a prescription?