Giardia is a small single-cell organism that can infect dogs and humans through contaminated water or
Some dogs can have Giardia without symptoms (known as ‘carriers’) and pass the infection to others, including family members.
If your dog has unexplained diarrhoea, it’s a good idea to see your veterinarian for treatment advice.
If your veterinarian diagnoses a Giardia infection advice may be given on the use of Drontal for treatment.
You can make your home a Giardia-free zone by carefully disposing of your dog’s faeces.
Many dogs infected with Giardia do not get any disease. Giardiasis, the disease caused by Giardia infection, usually results in diarrhea. Having giardiasis for a long time can cause weight loss; poor condition; and even death.
The best way to prevent Giardia infection is to make sure that your dog has safe, clean drinking water. It is important not to allow dogs to drink water from areas where other animals have left their feces
Your veterinarian can perform a test on your dog’s feces to see if it has giardiasis. If your dog is infected with Giardia, your veterinarian can prescribe safe, effective treatment for control of the disease.
To prevent spreading Giardia (and other parasites), pick up the feces left by your dog immediately and place it in the trash. Be sure to avoid contact with the feces by using gloves, a bag over your hand, or a scooping device.
Giardia is a common cause of diarrhea in people, but dog Giardia is not generally considered to spread from animals to humans. While human Giardia may infect dogs and then be passed on to humans, the majority of human cases are of human origin.
Contact us to discuss a tailored giardia prevention program for your dog.