Giardia Overview

Giardia is a parasitic infection that occurs in dogs and cats. It is characterized by diarrhea and loss of weight. Giardia attach to a dog or cat’s intestines, which disrupts the absorption of nutrients causing pale, foul-smelling greasy stools.

Giardia is passed from animal to animal by the ingestion of cysts that are shed in an infected animal’s feces. Giardia is often treated with a dewormer such as Panacur or SafeGuard for 5 days and then repeated again in 10 days.


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  1. Most dogs are infected by Giardia at some point in their life and often the owners don’t even realize it. Many dogs are able to fight it off with their own antibodies (or so my vet as informed me)

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