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My puppy came to us very sick. He had coccidia and giardia. The breeder will not return our e-mails. She is running a puppy mill. I am sick (very) with giardia and am now worried about my family. DO NOT BUY FROM THIS BREEDER!!!!

Stacey

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You have it?? Very long....

Oh my - what type of test did you do? I had to be tested in college due to working in a day care facility, however all of the staff tested negitive due to the fact that we were all adults and washed our hands. Did you not have access to water after you would clean your puppy up? I am very surprised we have talked to numerous vets and doctors because we too have had puppies with giardia and I wanted to make sure that my 4 children would not be at risk and with simple hygene rules in place we have never had any problems (I stress simple due to the fact that my youngest child was only 4 at the time and she is around puppies 24/7).

I am so sorry that you and your family have had to go through thus, but I would strongly recomend getting a 2nd test due to the fact that I am sure that you must have cleaned yourself before putting your hands in your mouth or food, you would not have gotten this unless you had an extreme amount of feces on you - just touching the puppy fur and then not washing would not have given you this unless he was covered in feces.

Hopefully your breeder will give you the cost of medication - however I do believe that most breeders will not pay for office visits - it should be in their contract as to their stand on this (in fact I just talked to a breeder last night and they do not pay for albon, metro.... due to the fact that it can be brought on by stress - so unfortuntly it could be even worse).

I do not know the breeder that you bought your puppy from, however did you get references and research them before you bought your baby doodle?

Good luck!
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Oh my gosh just checked their site out

Oh my gosh just checked their site out and took the time to get past the first BS and then read what they wrote about Giaridia - No wonder you think you have it! All of the information they have written is so blown-up and most of it is just down right wrong.

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Here is Triple M's Giardia Comments

Quote from website of breeder in question:

Giardia behaves a lot like Cocci and is often mis-diagnosed. Giardia is very contagious... from dog to cat to human to horse and so on... a preventative for Giardia is "safeguard" or "panacur". The testing for Giardia normally takes repeated fecal exams by specialists to determine if it really is Giardia or not. It is a waterborne parasite found in ponds, swimming pools and in the backyard. Causes gastrointestinal problems. Clinical signs of giardia include weight loss, inability to gain weight appropriately during growth, diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite, abdominal pain, and greasy appearing stools. (We have never had Giardia on our homestead, the information is posted here for your general information... if we did I would be sick, my family would be sick, my vet would be sick to the point someone would end up in the hospital).
What are your thoughts on this??
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Well, my thoughts are I guess we all need to be in the hospital!!! I think most breeders have Giradia in their kennels and if they don't they will at some point. I don't think it is likely that humans will contract it unless like you, and Michael mentioned in another post you drink dirty water or eat their feces. Now like you said precautions should be taken when cleaning up after a puppy and washing your hands is a biggy. I do think the breeder should offer to pay for the meds that is what I do and most others do as well.
 

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I think they are way over the top on this, I have been breeding for 8 years and have never contracted Giardia from any of my puppies. We live in the country and my dogs have access to our ponds so we are constantly fighting giardia. I'd like to add that Panacur is not a good remedy for Giardia, metronidizole is the best. I tried the panacur at 6 wks and again at 8 wks and still had puppies diagnosed with giardia so I am going back to the metronidizole.
 

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I really do not understand how you caught Giardia from your dogs still? Most dog owners will agree their dogs have had Giardia once or more in their life time, but again, it can only be contracted by drinking contaminated water or eating infected feces. As I'm sure you didn't drink out of a pond or puddle, nor eat any feces, how did you catch it? Did your doctor give you an explanation? Are they sure you have Giardia?????

Hope you get well soon, best,

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I've edited a couple of posts in this thread to remove specific references to breeders. I would really hate to get this forum in the middle of a dispute between a breeder and a buyer. If anyone is interested in learning the name of the kennel, simply PM (private message) the original author of the post.

I've changed the thread subject to read "Question about Giardia"...
 
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