GIARDIA TREATMENT FOR DOGS
MR PITBULL SAYS: THIS POPULAR TREATMENT IS NOT EFFECTIVE IN STOPPING GIARDIA
This is the second of two pages dealing with treatment for dogs with Giardia.
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.
MR PITBULL SAYS: I FOUND THE SOLUTION FOR CURING GIARDIA IN DOGS!
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 was far and away the best treatment for giardia in dogs, 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.
MR PITBULL SAYS: FOLLOW THIS PLAN TO CURE 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 the 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.
MR PITBULLS SAYS: THIS IS A CHEAP BUT EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR GIARDIA
The fact that Fenbendazole is today's treatment of choice for giardia in dogs is mentioned in this article on Metronidazole in Wikipedia where it says: "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 cats"[END OF QUOTE]
Fenbendazole is administered orally when treating giardia in dogs. I use a 20cc Syringe and discard each one after use.
MR PITBULL SAYS: CLEAN GIARDIA FROM THE ENVIRONMENT TO PROTECT DOGS
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!
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 in dogs since.
MR PITBULL SAYS: WHEN DOGS HAVE HAD GIARDIA THEY MUST BE NURSED BACK TO HEALTH
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 RESTORE YOUR DOGS DIGESTIVE SYSTEM AFTER A BOUT OF GIARDIA. Make sure you read it!