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Giardia in Dogs & Puppies - Diagnosis & Treatment

by Heidi R.
(Las Vegas, NV)

Our conventional vet is great but only provides standard methods of treatment for giardia in dogs (wormer and flagyl). Our puppy is on what they told me was "Round 1" of treatment, but I do not want to keep him on these heavy drugs for more than that if possible.

Are there homeopathic/natural remedies to relieve this problem if his next fecal comes back positive?

My puppy, Dexter, was born on 12/11/12. He's an English Mastiff who came to us with giardia.

Right now, he's confined to a kennel because we have other pets and children that our vet has warned us are susceptible to infection as well.

Dexter is eating normally, 3 cups dry kibble twice per day. He weighs 35lbs. He showed no signs of illness other than a positive fecal test. His stools are soft, but formed and resemble to color of his food (light brown).

He came to us eating Nutro Natural choice, but we will change that once his other issue is under control.

Any advice on how to clear this up without the necessity of drugs (again, if possible) would be appreciated! We are missing out on bonding time with him keeping him sequestered (even though he's right in the middle of the living room).

Thank you! I look forward to your response.



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Mar 24, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Giardia in dogs & puppies-diagnosis & Treatment
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Heidi,

For Giardia in dogs, I will also use Flagyl, (metronidazole). Plus, supplement with acidophilus, and give Kaopectate, (NOT over the counter Kaopectate for humans, use the Kaolin and pectin product found in your local pet store).

DRY dog food will be more difficult for your puppy to digest, especially if he has Giardia. Therefore, I advise using a canned and/or raw food and very small amount of dry if absolutely necessary.

I am not sure why your veterinarian is also using a wormer AND Flagyl, unless he has other parasites besides the Giardia?

After 10 days of Flagyl, wait one week, and repeat the fecal. If still positive, I advise immune system supplements such as, 1. Missing Link Canine Formula
2. Immuplex from Standard Process
3. OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder

Seek the help of a holistic veterinarian, and as I am in the Las Vegas area, I will be more than happy to help!

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