General information on Giardia
Giardia is a protozoan parasite (tiny, one-celled parasitic life form) found all over the world. Giardia living in the intestinal tract can result in gastrointestinal symptoms.
Giardia infections are most common in young animals and in animals in confinement such as kennels, pet stores and animal shelters.
Symptoms of Giardia
Symptoms of Giardia include diarrhea, weight loss, vomiting and flatulence.
Stools can be soft, light-colored, greasy and can sometimes contain mucus.
The dog may be straining during a bowel movement.
Treatments for Giardia
Treatment for Giardia infection may include Metronidazole, Tinadazole or Fenbendazole.
Use all medications prescribed by your veterinarian.
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Giardia experience by - Dave
Grand Rapids / Michigan / USA
I just recued a Chihuahua/Maltese mix from our local shelter and after about two days, he started sneezing a lot. This might be due to an allergy to our cat. After about three or four days, he started throwing-up what looked like oatmeal. THis lasted about a day to a day and a half. Today, my children tell me that he has had stomach growling and gas. He had a bowl movement that was two clear balls of (what my kids discribed as) clear boogery material. Since arriving home with them, I have heard the dogs stomach growling just like a human and he has been passing gas quite frequently.
He is only four to six months old and I am very worried about him.
Any help with htis would be greatly appreciated.
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