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Old 10-04-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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Hi All - We have a 4 month old Cavalier king charles puppy. We got him at 2.5 months and took him to the vet. The stool sample revealed that he had Giardia and the vet had a us do a course of Panacur Albon and Metronidazole. A week after we finished those meds, we did another stool sample and he still had Giardia. The vet had us do another course of Panacur and Metronidazole (higher dozes adjusted for the new weight). A week after we finished that, we did another stool test and he still has Giardia.

The Vet said that we need to do another course (3rd time) of Metronidazole.

Should we be looking for a second opinion from another Vet? Has anyone else gone through this?

I want to mention that we have been careful about environmental control to prevent the puppy from reinfecting himself.

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ANother note, I have asked the vet what would our options be of the 3rd course failed to get rib of the giardia, and the vet suggested zithromax (yes the same as Z pac for humans) Has anyone heard of this?

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Hi legacygone and welcome to Df Can't offer any advice on your problem but may be suggest a second opinion with a different vet within the surgery you go to oe try a different vet Have you tried asking your vet about changing the doseage to see if that will get rid of the Giardia? What is Giardia? I do hope your puppy is better soon Enjoy the forum! ATB
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Giardia are a parasite. The ones I saw came from a human. Humans usually get them from infected water. (Something you might look into. Is he drinking from anything other than your houses' water?)
They are quite pretty to look at under the microscope with long flegella and swimming about.
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Giardia are a parasite. The ones I saw came from a human. Humans usually get them from infected water. (Something you might look into. Is he drinking from anything other than your houses' water?)
They are quite pretty to look at under the microscope with long flegella and swimming about.
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Yikes! Zithromax is a pretty potent antibotic. I'm thinking I would get a second opinion. I've seen the impact the Z-pack has made on humans. I have not seen anything on the impact on dogs....

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Just by googling 'giardia in dogs treatment' I was able to come up with a different protocol...it may not be recognized where you are, not sure, but the efficiacy of it seems far superior to the rates for the Metronidazole.

Treating Giardia in Dogs - Frogdog Blog

You might want to do some more research on your own and then take articles to the vet. If you have one that doesn't like you to question things or to do your own research then it's time to find another.

Here's another site that is also very interesting:

http://www.dogsincanada.com/giardia

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Giardia is rather common in dogs, and a good number of dogs get this wonderful parasite (yes, that was sarcasm about it being wonderful), it's a very common cause of diarrhea. One thing to note is that in some cases medicinal treatments will fail to eliminate ALL of the parasitic stages and some will remain in the dog's intestines in a dormant state only to be brought back to activity when the dog is stressed.
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We often deal with giardia (and coccidia) at the shelter. It's not uncommon for it to take over a month of meds. Our protocol used to be treating w/ flagyl (metrodinazole) for 10 days, then test a stool sample. If + continue the treatment another 10 days, retest. We now use panacur powder, as it is easier to dose. Again treat for 10 days, retest, etc.

We've had dogs we had to treat for 3 months before they were clear.
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