|A close-up view of the parasites that cause Giardiasis.|
Recently, one of the fans on our Cockapoo Crazy Facebook page brought home a young puppy who contracted Giardia. Being a good cockapoo mommy, she has already seen the vet and been given medicine and instructions for treating it, but she thought it would be good to know more information. We thought that was a good idea too, as any dog can easily become infected with giardiasis. We did lots of research and came up with the following information and tips.
First off, we need to cover what “Giardiasis” is and the cause of it. Giardiasis is an infection of the intestines that is caused by a parasite called giardia. This parasite is found in feces of both animals and humans. The infection is most commonly spread by the ingestion (yes, swallowing), the parasite giardia.
I know that sounds like we are saying you or your dog will get it by eating poop, but this is actually one of the less likely scenarios. A dog with a healthy immune system can come into contact with the giardia parasite in several different ways, and may show no symptoms of the disease. In these cases, you would not need to worry about treatment unless your dog began having diarrhea.