Updated: Jan 23
Giardia is a protozoan organism that can infect the gastrointestinal tract of dogs and is capable of causing diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and lethargy — although many infected animals show no signs at all. Unlike many other infectious organisms, giardia persists longer in the environment when conditions are cool and moist. Most dogs become infected by drinking water contaminated with feces. Giardia then infects the small intestine, and infected dogs pass microscopic cysts in their stool. These cysts can then infect another animal or person if ingested. Giardia cysts are very resistant in the environment, and can live for many months under the correct circumstances. These cysts are a threat to pet health, and giardia is a very common cause of pet diarrhea in the United States.
All dogs — even those on year-round parasite preventives and those without diarrhea — should have at least one to two fecal samples performed annually as part of their wellness exam to screen for gastrointestinal parasites, including giardia.All dogs with symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea should be tested for giardia and other gastrointestinal parasites.All newly adopted dogs should be tested for these parasites before they are introduced to a new home, and all dogs returning from high-risk environments (e.g., kennels, dog shows, boarding facilities, etc.) should be tested.
A dog becomes infected with Giardia when it swallows the cyst stage of the parasite. In susceptible dogs, once the cyst passes into the dog's intestines, it goes through a transformation to the trophozoite, or feeding form, and attaches to the intestinal wall to feed. If sufficient numbers are present, clinical signs of damage to the intestinal wall will develop.
Trophozoites reproduce by dividing, and some transform into the cystic form. Eventually, the dog passes infectious cysts in its stool. The time it takes from ingestion of cysts to passage in feces is 5 to 12 days in dogs and 5 to 16 days in cats.
"Giardiasis can be transmitted by eating or sniffing the cysts from contaminated ground, or by drinking contaminated water."
These cysts are immediately able to infect another animal. Giardiasis can be transmitted by eating or sniffing the cysts from contaminated ground, or by drinking contaminated water.
When Giardia cysts are found in the stool of a healthy adult dog without diarrhea, they are generally considered a transient, insignificant finding. However, in puppies and debilitated adult dogs, they may cause severe, watery diarrhea that may be fatal if left untreated.
The likelihood of developing disease increases when large numbers of cysts are present in the environment from fecal contamination. Giardiasis is a common occurrence in environments that are densely populated, such as kennels, pet stores, or animal shelters.
These microscopic parasites attach themselves to the intestinal wall and the damage causes an acute, sudden-onset of foul- smelling diarrhea. Giardia infection in dogs may lead to weight loss, chronic intermittent diarrhea, and fatty stool. The stool may range from soft to watery, often has a greenish tinge to it, and occasionally contains blood. Infected dogs tend to have excess mucus in the feces. Vomiting may occur in some cases. The signs may persist for several weeks and gradual weight loss may become apparent.
"The disease is not usually life threatening unless the dog’s immune system is immature or immunocompromised."
The diarrhea may be intermittent. Most dogs do not have a fever but may be less active. The disease is not usually life- threatening unless the dog’s immune system is immature or immunocompromised. Many dogs will be asymptomatic carriers, never developing any signs of illness. Younger animals are more likely to exhibit clinical signs.
How To Treat Giardia
Giardia can survive in wet cool envirnoment for years, until its cysts are picked up by a host animal. Most dogs have a low level of cysts in their system. Not enough to make them sick, but enough to pass them around. If those numbers pass a certain level, dogs become symptomatic. There are two ways to completely treat and eradicate Giardia Protozoa from the Super Dogs system.
Most vets choose Metronidazole or Fenbendazole to treat Giardia. The treatment duration is as important as the medication. A 12 days medication followed by 2 weeks off of meds and another 12 days of medication, so the life cycle of the protozoa is broken and the remaining cysts are cleared, before they are mature enough to form new cysts. This is because the medication does not affect the cysts and only works on mature organisms.
Natural Holistic Treatments
Keep in mind that Giardia is Not a parasite nor a bacteria or virus. The natural remedies used to prevent or clear the parasites will not work on Protozoa.
However, there are extremely effective treatments geared toward Giardia itself and those are capable of doing what modern medicine fails. Those treatments work on the cysts along with mature protozoa and will completely eradicate the organisms and clear the system to its natural state.
Defense is one of those Natural treatments which will work faster and safer than any modern medicine and in ways that those medications cannot compete. There are absolutely no side effect and not even the beneficial gut bacteria are effected by the treatment.
In all cases when patients have undergone the 2 weeks treatment, not one cyst was found in laboratory testing.
Not even modern medicine can effectively eradicate Giardia as thoroughly as Defense.