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Abbey is under five months old and has been treated for Giardia three times. We just received positive results after a fecal recheck today. So we will go into the fourth treatment. We live in a clean suburban environment and I don't understand how the Giardia keeps reoccurring. Abbey has solid stools and is acting fine.

This is very frustrating, since we are about to leave on a long weekend where our host has a pup about a month younger than Abbey. I don't like having Abbey on so much medication. We've been giving her Panacur C, and now the vet is changing the medication to metronidazole.

My husband just left to pick up the medicine and talk to the vet. But I thought I'd see if anyone here has had experience with clearing up Giardia in a pup. The tech just told me to give her a bath and sanitize her drinking bowl and food bowl. That's easy enough to do. We clean up after Abbey in our yard. But it is possible we don't see all of her poops.

So any advice will be appreciated.
 

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Tanner had Giardia either 2 or 3 times his first year....I also got it from him.

We were both treated with metronidazole (Flagyl) which is both my vet and my Dr's drug of choice. Dogs are treated for 1 week at a time with Flagyl where as humans take the drug for 2 weeks.

Be sure to have you dog rechecked after his round of metronidazole. You may also have to add some yogurt cultures to help get his stools back on track.

The main source for Tanner was standing water. My source was Tanner.
 

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How frustrating for you!
I've been luck to have no experience with that... but it sounds like a real PITA to get rid of!
 

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OH this must be so frustrating for you..........sure hope it clears up really soon

possibly an internet search might provide some more insight on solving this ???
 

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Coco had giardia and she was treated one week for it with Flagyl and then she was clear..... I think this will take care of it this time. I am not sure she ( your Abbey ) was ever over it to begin with....I went out and poured boiling water on places she pooped and peed...a big pita....and it killed the grass big time....the boiling water did...but I didn't want anything to get in the yard to re-infect. Don't know if that worked or was necessary, or not, but we don't have it now.
Hope you get this resolved once and for all this time!!
 

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Boiling water does kill plants, some use it to kill moss
but plants like grass will grow back
 

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Oh barbara!! Bogie has been on the same stuff for giardia.........he starts his 3rd treatment January 9th. Next step will be the metronidazole. I know exactly how you feel!
 

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Well, so long as you know it kills the grass and all......
eeeeek! Better than have giardia live in the yard, I think!
 

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QUestion..........Would we need boiling water here in chilly Michigan?
Granted, we've got into the 40's....but would a good snow a freezing temps have cleared this up?
This is frightening...........Bogie's stools are softening up again. He starts his next treatment on january 9th.......I wonder if he was reinfected!!??
 

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articles on Giardia and treatment fo both dog, humans and infected yards etc also the 1st 2 sites list meds, dosage and if should be used on pregnant females and more...might be good for some breeders too?

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm ... icleid=739

http://www.critterchat.net/giardia_fands.htm

http://animal.discovery.com/guides/heal ... rdia2.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giardia_lamblia

http://www.beaglesunlimited.com/beagleh ... diasis.htm


Info and 1-800 # for vaccine for Giardia
http://www.goodnewsforpets.com/news/archive/Products/020199_giardia.htm
 

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Thanks for all the good info Annmarie!!
Great articles, thanks for the research!
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Well, I would use the boiling water on poop spots.....in whatever temp.
I guess because I figure they can't live if hit by the boiled water, but could somehow survive a freeze?? Maybe I've watched too many movies about frozen things/people living!!
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