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27 Jan 2006

Giardia infection
My dog was diagnosed with Giardia infection today. He's a puppy, almost 3 months now and the vet said it's probably from the breeder's environment that he got it.

The vet told me to wash all his toys and bedding when he's done with his medication. What I want to know is how extensive should I clean my house etc? He's in the house permanently.

Another thing I want to know is if this can affect me? Should I get worm medication or something? I know it's a protozoa but I'm not sure if it can affect me because he does sometimes sleep on the bed with me.

How else can I prevent him from getting it again after he's medication. He has had his first two vaccinations and deworming. I thought that covered most of the common problems and I understand this is a common problem?

Thanks for the information in advance!

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01 Jan 0001

Giardia is a protozoal infection of the intestine. Dogs first get it from other dogs, or from stagnant water. It is quite contagious especially in poor hygienic conditions. It can also be quite difficult to get rid of the parasite, as no drug is 100% effective. It can be transmitted to people, but you will need contact with stool. It results in abdominal pain, cramps and diarrhoea in people. It cannot be prevented by vaccination.

The most important control measure following treatment it is absolute hygiene and picking up of stools. Any stagnant water should also be removed.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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