Giardia in Dogs ( Diarrhea, Vomiting & Weight Loss)
Introduction to Giardia Protozoa
If I had a dime for every email I received about
reoccurring loose stools or constant diarrhea, I'd be able to buy a
winery in the south of France. It is a frustrating situation for small
dog owners, so you can imagine a giant breed with loose stools is no
fun at all!
CAUTION: IF YOUR DOG HAS HEARTWORM, DO NOT WORM WITH PANACUR OR PGB-51 AS IT WILL ALSO KILL THE HEARTWORM, WHICH CAN CLOG THE HEART OF THE DOG AND CAN CAUSE DEATH. IF YOUR DOG IS ON A HEART WORM PREVENTATIVE IT SHOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM TO USE THESE TWO WORMERS, BUT TALK TO YOUR VET ABOUT HAVING YOUR DOG TESTED FOR HEARTWORM FIRST.
Please take note, dogs that have the potential for the MDR1 mutation gene Collies, Shelties, Aussies, etc. with the merle gene should not be given Metronidazole or Flagyl but they can have the PBG-51 wormer with no problem.
Giardia in dogs can occur when there is with to lakes, ponds, and standing water and passed by birds, but if you have a problem with more than one dog and you have a well on the property, I would certainly have your water tested for it. Giardia is now a relatively normal organism in the digestive tract and when under stress it becomes problematic. Giardia in dogs is almost impossible to find in a stool check so I tell my puppy buyers not to even bother with the test, just automatically worm them with PBG-51 wormer. If your vet insists on a test, make sure that you do not bring a stool from home, that tells me the vet does not know how to properly test for giardia. You need a fresh, warm stool so it is best to use a loop tool and take a sample from the dog. Even then, if the giardia cyst is not present, it will come up with a false negative.
For some dogs loose stools are due to over feeding the
dog, so before you worm or test, try cutting back a bit on their food
for a couple of days and see if that makes a difference. For some it is
a digestive sensitivity so a change to a better brand of dog food ,
like Precise or Nutri Source, Pure Vita and this could take care of the
problem and adding a probiotic daily, even if it is on the food
already can make a big difference.
What To Do First
2) Order PBG-51 Natural Wormer
Get on the path of restoring your pet's to health. The kit will help restablish the gut as well as the nutrition that has been lost due to diarrhea over time.
What's In Giardia Kit#23 ?
BacPakPlus probiotics - It is my experience that NO other probiotic will work well for this extreme problem. You can purchase something locally to get your dog started before your BacPakPlus arrive,s but this probiotic was developed specifically for difficult digestive issues such as yeast, giardia, coccidia and bloat.
- use and recommend the VitaFlex brand of MSM because it
has been around the longest and the info on using MSM for Giardia was
in their research and patent information. patent
(#4,616,039) research information.
Blackleaf use daily on their food, it will work on the giardia in the inbetween times. Take 3 days to ease into to the recommended dosage so they do not detoxify too fast and get lethargic and loose stools.
Spark of Life - trace minerals, critical to the bodies metabolism, these are lost with diarrhea or chronic loose stools and these must be replaced. YOu can start this immediately and dose according to the label.
For Internal Parasite Control Dogs
Candida Fungus, give for 3 days, repeat in two weeks for 3 days then give it for 1-2 days each month to keep it at low levels. Probiotics should be given daily as well to help reseed the gut. You might want to add it to drinking water after it has been given for the two weeks. Make sure your dogs drink the water. Add 1.5 CC per gallon of drinking water .
Note: When dealing with tiny toy breed dogs, I am not confident about using this wormer on anything under 8 lbs of weight without diluting the dosage. Make sure you reduce the dosage down --if under 10 lbs. One suggestion is to use 1 cc for 10 lbs of weight, but cut it in half for tiny dogs. They have special needs like the giant breeds!! If a dog weighs less than 5 lbs, you need to contact your vet for worming.
To Purchase wormer, contact First Choice Naturals, Inc. at 1-765-287-8288
Pet owner writes: "We had her stool checked again for Giardia it was negative, of course".
Response: "From all that you are telling me, this
dog has Giardia - you simply can't find it! It is so hard to find you
just need to treat for it.Discuss with your vet about worming her with
Panacur - do it for 4-5 days, then in 11-13 days take the same dosage
you have for 4-5 days. This Giardia is IMPOSSIBLE to find. Everything
you tell me says this is a giardia dog and you won't get relief until
you get this cleared up. I know one pre-vet student that ended up
taking her dog to work with her, pulling a fresh stool samples
3 times a day for several days before they actually found it - and here
she is working with the vets right there in the laboratory at UC Davis
and even they didn't find it! You have nothing to lose to try my
suggestion because at this point nothing else is working."
Response After Following My Suggestion:
Here is a letter from another pet owner - March 2011
I wanted to take a minute to thank you SO SO SO much for your information regarding the treatment of giardia. I purchased a puppy at 4 and a half months of age who was in a terrible hoarding situation. She, her siblings, and her mother were taken to a kill shelter in Tennessee, and the puppies were rescued by a rescue group. Unfortunately, her mother was euthanized. Upon receiving my puppy, she appeared thin and weak. Her fur looked horrible, and she had an infection from her spay wound opening and not being treated properly by the rescue facility. She also had severe... SEVERE diarrhea. I was getting up almost constantly the first night to take her outside so she wouldn't soil her crate.
I took her to so many veterinarians, and spent THOUSANDS of dollars over the course of a few months to try and get her diarrhea under control. They had me convinced that due to her terrible upbringing thus far, she had IBS and I'd need to forever keep her on flagyl to keep her stools firm enough that she could hold herself throughout the night. I didn't accept this as a diagnosis, and so my search for her issues began online. Thank god I found you Linda.
I followed your instructions, and aggressively dewormed her with panacur (admittedly, longer than you suggested due to her case being so severe), and it WORKED! There is simply no excuse for so many doctors and specialists to not know what may be causing this due to her symptoms.
Thank you for helping me to save my puppy. I love her to death and I was so terrified to lose her. Enclosed are a couple of pictures of her in healthier times.
Sincerely and respectfully, Carrie L.
MORE INFO ABOUT GIARDIA
Giardia - this is a waterborne protozoa (a parasite, but not a worm) which is VERY difficult to detect. Only at certain cycles will the cysts be noticeable in the stool which makes it next to impossible to detect. To test for this you need to to have the vet go up inside the rectum with a loop and take a fresh/warm sample of stool from the dog in order to get an accurate reading. You can’t bring one in in a baggie! Even if the dog shows up as negative for Giardia, and the dog exhibits any of these symptoms, you need to discuss with your vet the necessity to treat for Giardia, in order to rule out any infestation.
Anytime you have a dog
that will not gain weight, is on/off their feed and/or with
intermittent loose stools, gas or diarrhea, you should check for
Giardia first, before you start running up vet bills looking for other
health problems. Sometimes these dogs will not eat, because Giardia
causes such stomach upset and severe cramping. It is because of this,
they will often graze on grasses excessively.
This is another waterborne parasite that vets do not test for but could be at the root of your problem. Ask you vet to read about Cryptosporidiosis but this can be handled with PBG-51 Wormer.