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Giardia In Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $150 – $300

What Is Giardia In Dogs?

Giardia is a protozoan microscopic parasite that invades the small intestines of humans and animals. Giardia infection is known as giardiasis and it causes bowel inflammation, diarrhea, and vomit, among other symptoms.

Giardiasis is most common in young and immunosuppressed dogs. The transmission of this parasite occurs through the ingestion of food or water contaminated with infected fecal material.

Your dog can also acquire the infection by eating soil that has the parasite present.

Symptoms Of Giardia In Dogs

  • Diarrhea
  • Foul-smelling stool
  • Pale, soft, stool with mucus
  • Feces may appear fatty (steatorrhea)
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Listlessness

Treatment Of Giardia In Dogs

In most cases, treatment at home is enough to control the infection. However, severely dehydrated dogs may need to receive intravenous fluids and hospitalization.

The treatment plan will involve oral medication and regular bathing with a veterinarian prescribed shampoo to remove fecal matter and parasites from your dog’s skin and coat.

Resources for Giardiasis In Dogs

1- The Merck Pet Health Manual – Disorders of the Stomach and Intestines in Dogs

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