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Treating Giardia Naturally in Dogs & Cats

by Darleen Rudnick, B.S.W., M.H.N., Certified Holistic Nutritionist

What is Giardia in dogs and cats?
Giardia is a gastrointestinal infection caused by a microscopic parasite called Giardia lamblia. This is a common parasite causing gastrointestinal illness. It is found in the stools of many animals, including rodents, dogs, cats, cattle, and wild animals. A Giardia infection can be acquired when your pet ingests food or water that has been contaminated with the parasite and then multiplies in the small intestine. The infection can also be spread person-to-person when hands, which are contaminated with an infected person's stool, are brought in contact with the mouth. Swallowing as few as ten parasites can cause the infection.


Symptoms of Giardia include:

  • Diarrhea

  • Foul smelling stools

  • Greasy stools

  • Abdominal cramps

  • Bloating

  • Increased gas

  • Weakness

  • Weight loss

Symptoms of Giardia in pets is very similar to Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) and Colitis, so it is essential that your pet be tested for this parasite. Giardia is usually diagnosed through a laboratory examination of a stool sample. Your veterinarian will forward the stool sample to a lab that will use a microscope to look for the parasite. Several stool samples need to be examined to detect the parasite. It is imperative your pet be treated for Giardia.  


If you would like to treat your pet naturally for Giardia, I would highly recommend a phone consultation.  A consultation will include a personalized diet and holistic program suggestions, all custom-tailored to your pet's personal needs. This is particularly imperative in pets with complicated health issues, or if you've done outside reading and have conflicting information.


Contact For Pet Health today and get your loved one on the path to good health.

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