Giardia And Your Dog
Giardia are a type of protozoa – a microscopic, single-celled parasite – which lives in the small intestines.
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Signs of giardia can be short or long-term, and sometimes intermittent, with dogs experiencing flare-ups of signs.
Signs of a giardia infection include:
- Diarrhoea may be strong smelling, and can contain blood and mucus
- Bloated tummy from gas
- Poor weight gain in young puppies
You can’t stop your dog being exposed to giardia, but there are some top tips to reduce the risk of infection:
- Don't allow your dog to drink from muddy puddles.
- Always pick up your dog's faeces quickly although this will not stop your own dog becoming infected, if everyone followed this simple advice, contamination in the environment in general would be greatly reduced.
- Use boarding kennels that you trust and are cleaned regularly densely populated areas are much more likely to harbour giardia.