Giardia is one of a problem for the puppies because it can be a devastating disease for them. Giardiasis is an illness that caused by a single cell organism or you can call it protozoan which ate by the puppies. The protozoan will parasitize their small intestine. Usually, they tend this illness by drinking puddles, streams or another water source that already contaminated. The older dogs can fight this illness because their immune system is better than puppies. That is a reason why you may find this illness affects in young dogs or puppies even more than half of all puppies. This illness will be dangerous if you do not treat them because the parasite can cause some allergies and make your puppies malnutrition.
Giardia And The Symptoms
To know that your puppies get the “Giardia”, you can see the Giardia’s Symptoms. Here are some symptoms that may cause by Giardia:
- Difficult to eat
- A swollen stomach that caused by gas
- The stool of puppies usually mixed by blood or mucus. Its color also can be more light and soft than usual
This organism can affect in puppies’ weight if the infection is not treated as soon as possible because the organism makes the puppies difficult to process food in their body. It makes their weight can be drop. In some case, the puppies do not show the symptoms. So, when you feel there is trouble in your lovely puppies especially in their digestion, never feel doubt to schedule an appointment with your vet.
Why Giardia Attacks Your Puppies
The organism that causes Giardia illness can be from many places. But, commonly it comes from in standing water. You know that water can be a good media for the organism to lives. Bugs will be a good animal to spread the illness from the water. You can imagine when infected animals such as small mammals or other animal defecate near the source and bugs spread the illness, it is possible if so many puppies can get Giardia. Not only that, but the Giardia also can be spread from infected feces. You should know that when a small animal or puppies infected by the Giardia, the organism or protozoa will start parasitic in your puppies’ small intestine and it make your puppies start to feed protozoa. This parasite can replicate and divide by itself and it causes your puppies to feel distressed even can cause destruction in their intestine sometimes.
Best Treatments To Deal With Giardia
The first thing that you should do to make sure that your puppies get Giardia is doing the diagnosis. The diagnosis of Giardia can be difficult because the infected puppies pass the protozoa intermittently even you give your puppies’ fresh stool to your vet, it can be negative although your puppies are infected. So, most of the veterinarian should do a repeated test to detect the tiny parasite.
Fenbendazole is a medicine that usually given by the veterinarian for your infected puppies. This medicine belongs to the medicine of broad-spectrum anti-parasitic. This medicine also usually uses to cure some parasite gastrointestinal, such as a worm. In fact, there is no special medicine that formulated for treating this illness. Sometimes medicine has a side effect for any animal or person who consumes it. But, you do not need to worry because the side effect of this medicine is rarely happening even this medicine is safe for your lactating and pregnant animal. Do not forget to do some repeated exam to tour puppies even after your puppies did some treatment, it needed to make sure that your puppies clear from this illness. Giardia also can infect you and your family so to prevent it, you need to use hands’ glove when bathing your puppies and remove your puppies’ fecal.
How Giardia Can Spread
Actually, Giardia is not only infected to an animal, but it also can infect people. So, your infected puppies can pass onto you and your lovely family. It causes the Giardia belongs to zoonosis. It means that it can transmit from an animal, human and back to an animal again. For the Giardia’s symptoms in infected human is similar to the symptoms of an infected animal (diarrhea, difficult to eat, indigestion, bloating and other symptoms that we discussed before). So, when you know that your puppies are infected, it will be better if you and your family to see your doctor to make sure if you and they are not infected too.
How To Prevent Giardia Infects Your Puppies
To prevent Giardia infects your puppies, you can start to keep and clean your own yard from the faces. Do not forget to check the standing water and grass. When you will go out, you need to restrict your puppies’ access from any unsanitary water. It is important to help your puppies infected from Giardia.
If your puppies are infected, there are some things that you should do so that it will not infect you and your family, such as clean any places where your puppies usually through their feces. If you can replace and remove any item that contacts with your puppies, it will better. Do not forget to wash all of your dog and puppies’ beds by using detergent and hot water. Just remember, the more you can clean your home area or any item which contaminated with your puppies, the more you can prevent Giardia from your lovely family.
For more information, boarding facilities and kennels also can be one of place that can infect Giardia because of the crowded condition. If you belong to the person who likes to board your puppies, it will be better if you do not do it before your puppies are about a year old or older. It can minimize the Giardia illness to infect your lovely puppies. So you do not need to feel worried if Giardia illness infects your lovely family. But, do not forget to still keep and clean your own home and yard from any possible thing that can infect the Giardia to your puppies and family.