THIS POPULAR TREATMENT IS NOT EFFECTIVE IN STOPPING GIARDIA
There was a lot of information on HOOKWORM TREATMENT for dogs with a number of reliable treatment alternatives. Treating the dogs would be easy, getting them out of the contaminated environment would be more difficult.
Interestingly, information on how to treat dogs with GIARDIA was harder to come by. I focused my attention on finding papers written on controlled scientific studies. Many of the papers I found were from studies from the 70's, 80's, and 90's, most of which recommended Metronidazole (Flagyl).
Controlled studies showed Metronidazole to be only partially effective with a 75% success rate of ridding GIARDIA in dogs. If those numbers held true, that would mean that 5 of my dogs would continue to infected with Giardia. I knew that with 5 dogs infected with Giardia., they would likely re- infect the others.
SOLUTION FOR CURING GIARDIA IN DOGS!
Finally I came upon a paper recently published (December 2005) on
a controlled study of Giardia. in dogs, done in South Korea. While
writing this article 5 years later, I cannot find the same
article, only an abstract which you can read here: South Korean Study On Effective Treatment for
Giardia. in Dogs.
Apparently, they want you to pay for the info. In any event, I outline the info below. The study involved
hundreds of dogs infected with Giardia. and did a great job of
detailing what was most effective.
Imagine my delight when I read that Fenbendazole (the same treatment I was already using for intestinal worms) was far and away the best treatment for Giardia. in dogs, and as Fenbendazole was what I had decided was the best treatment to battle hookworms in dogs. After considering all the information I had studied on Giardia. in dogs, I decided on a treatment regiment with Fenbendazole.
FOLLOW THIS PLAN TO CURE GIARDIA IN DOGS
Fenbendazole is the active ingredient in Safe-Guard and Panacure, both which are formulated for homeowner treatment of parasites in dogs including Giardia. in dogs.
Most kennels do not use Fenbendazole packaged for home use, but instead use Fenbendazole for livestock, as it is much cheaper. This is the exact Safeguard Wormer that many kennels use and I used to treat Giardia. in dogs.
Because a dog's digestion tract is much shorter than many animals, the medicine used to kill Giardia. passes through the tract faster, therefore, a more powerful dose is needed than what is on the label when used for livestock.
The correct dose when treating for intestinal parasites such as hookworms and Giardia. in dogs is 1 cc per 5 pounds of body weight. Therefore a 50 lb. dog would need 10 cc. This is generally given 3 days in a row for treatment of hookworms. But a more rigorous treatment is needed for Giardia. in dogs. I decided on a 5 day regiment of Fenbendazole followed by another 5 day regiment two weeks later. At the end of the treatment, I was happy to see no more signs of Giardia. in my dogs.
THIS IS A CHEAP BUT EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR GIARDIA
While preparing this information on Giardia. in dogs, I was surprised to see how many vets are still recommending Metronidazole for treating Giardia. in dogs. Fenbendazole is not only more effective in eliminating Giardia. in dogs, Fenbendazole also has a wider safety margin and can even be administered to pregnant dogs were Metronidazole cannot.
The fact that Fenbendazole is today's treatment of choice for Giardia. in dogs is mentioned in an article on Metronidazole in Wikipedia where it
Metronidazole is not
labeled for animal use but is widely used to treat infections of
Giardia. in dogs, cats, and other companion animals, although it
does not reliably clear infection with this organism and is being
supplanted by Fenbendazole for this purpose in dogs and
CLEAN GIARDIA FROM THE ENVIRONMENT TO PROTECT DOGS
Administering the Fenbendazole was only half the battle, in fact, that was the easy part. You have to make sure the environment has been completely decontaminated to prevent Giardia. from re-infecting the dogs. This is much harder to do.
Giardia. cysts that are shed in the dogs stool is very hardy and can survive in the environment for months. When you have 20 dogs running around a kennel, the cyst are going to be tracked everywhere.
Thankfully, my entire kennel is either cement or pea gravel and I was able to spray everything with chlorine numerous times!
Administering the Fenbendazole was only half the battle, in fact, that was the easy part. You have to make sure the environment has been completely decontaminated to prevent Giardia. from re-infecting the dogs. This is much harder to do. Giardia. cysts that are shed in the dogs stool is very hardy and can survive in the environment for months. When you have 20 dogs running around a kennel, the cyst are going to be tracked everywhere. Thankfully, my entire kennel is either cement or pea gravel and I was able to spray everything with chlorine numerous times! (Always use caution when cleaning with chlorine.)
Additionally, each time a dog was let out of a kennel and went to the bathroom, I immediately sprayed the area with chlorine. Then I would thoroughly wash the dog with a mixture of chlorine to make sure that no Giardia. cysts clung to the dog's coat or on a paw. If a dog walked from his kennel to the play yard and I thought there was any chance he may have a Giardia. cysts on him, I mopped with chlorine his entire path, before letting out another dog. After a month of 12 hour days, my dog's Giardia. infection came to an end, and I have not had a problem with Giardia. since!
WHEN DOGS HAVE HAD GIARDIA THEY MUST BE NURSED BACK TO HEALTH
Once Giardia. in dogs is eliminated, your dogs will need immediate attention to return to health after a bout of Giardia. I cannot stress enough the importance of the next steps I am going to outline.
Giardia. can completely destroy a dog's digestive system. Many dog owners report that their dogs have digestion problems for life because of an Giardia. infection.
Many people will spend thousands of dollars on veterinarian test and treatments only to see their dog suffer with frequent or occasional bouts of loose stool due to the dogs past experience with Giardia.
It is essential that the moment you have finished treating your dogs for Giardia., you put your dog on the medications to restore their digestive system. You will want to carefully read this article on how to