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Giardia

Definition

Giardia is a parasite is not a worm. It is a very tiny single-celled parasite that can live in the intestines of dogs, cats, and man. It is seen most commonly in dogs coming out of kennel-type situations (pet stores, shelters, dog pounds, etc.) but its incidence is increasing.  

Symptoms

  • Intermittent or Continuous Diarrhea
  • Weight Loss
  • Depression
  • Loss of Appetite

Diagnoses

Diagnosis is made from a very fresh fecal specimen that must be collected at the clinic for optimum results. A surprising number of affected animals are “occult”; that is, they are infected but are negative on these tests even with multiple examinations. As a result, this parasite is often treated without a confirming diagnosis. 

Treatment

Treatment is an oral medication administered at home. 

Prevention

Prevention involves careful disposal of all fecal material and cleaning contaminated areas. Humans can become infected with Giardia so special care must be taken to wash hands and utensils.

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9807 Dyer

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9807 Dyer

Mesa Veterinary Clinic

5355 N Mesa

Pets Barn

11100 Sean Haggerty

Pets Barn 

1790 Zaragoza