If the dog is diagnosed with Giardia, there’s a risk he’ll get sick again. To remove any lingering Giardia cysts, bathe your pet daily and clean their water tanks, food bowls, and toys.
Following these guidelines will also help you avoid re-infection:
- Keep a close eye on where the dog eats, and clean any possible causes.
- If you have another dog or cat, you can have them checked for Giardia to see if they are vectors and could infect anyone.
- When your dog is socializing with other dogs in parks, kennels, or grooming centers, keep an eye out for water bodies.
Is Giardia in Humans Infectious?
Giardiasis is a disease that no one wishes to contract and fortunately, the chances of humans contracting Giardia from dogs are slim, but it does happen. Hand washing after treating dog faces would help reduce the already low risk and is a healthy thing in general.
Giardia is more often spread to humans by drinking water, rather than by our livestock. If your water supply is known to contain the parasite, avoid consuming infected water, particularly when traveling, and consider purchasing a water filter.
Giardia can be present on fruit and in soil, so thoroughly wash all produce before eating it and thoroughly wash your hands after handling clay.
Giardia is a virus against which your dog’s monthly flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives are ineffective.
What symptoms do dogs have that they have Giardia?
Giardia can manifest itself in a variety of ways, including:
- Unexplained Weight Loss
- Severe diarrhea
- A Dry or Shaggy Coat
These signs may also suggest other health issues in your dog, so talk to your vet if you think Giardia is to blame.
How will Giardia be prevented?
There are many ways to minimize the dog’s risk of surviving Giardia and they are mentioned below:
· Ensure that your dog still has access to clean, nutritious drinking water. Bring filtered water or a canteen for your dog, as well as a portable dog dish, if you intend to be outdoors with your dog for many hours.
· Allowing your dog to drink common water in public spaces is not a good idea. The scene includes puddles, streams, riverbanks, fountains, and other related elements.
· If you can’t trust your dog not to drink from public water supplies, keep him leashed.
· To avoid the transmission of the infection, pick up and dispose of your dog’s faces as soon as possible, making sure to wash your hands afterward.
In the Ashanti Akim North Municipality, Giardia lamblia is the most common intestinal parasite found in children’s stool samples, and its prevalence increases with age. To fight giardiasis, the public must be educated on proper personal hygiene.