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Giardia is a single-celled parasite that can infect your dog or cat’s intestines. Animals can contract Giardia at any age but are most susceptible when they are young or immunosuppressed. Giardia is contracted via fecal-oral transmission, meaning that water or other substances contaminated with feces are swallowed. The most common route of transmission is ingestion of contaminated water, so Giardia can be more easily spread in environments that remain wet or that are populated with wild animals.
Giardia is also commonly seen in pets who have frequent exposure to other animals or who live in close quarters with each other. Kennels, shelters, boarding facilities and dogs parks are some examples of places Giardia can be more prevalent.
The most common symptoms of Giardia are diarrhea and weight loss. In some cases pets may exhibit a decrease in appetite and energy as well. It is also entirely possible for pets to give no indications that they have Giardia at all—this is why regular fecal tests are recommended at least once a year.
If your pet is diagnosed with Giardia, your veterinarian will prescribe a safe, effective medication to rid your pet of the parasite. Often this is as easy as mixing a packet of powder into your pet’s food for a few days! Ideally, your dog should be bathed on the last day of treatment.
It is important to immediately pick up and throw away feces left by your dog to prevent the spread of Giardia including back to your own pet. Giardia is a zoonotic parasite, which means it can be spread from one species to another. While it is uncommon for humans to contract Giardia from a dog or cat, it is possible. To be safe, avoid contact with feces by using gloves, layered bags, or a scooping tool and washing your hands after handling your pet.
For more information, please feel free to call Pet's Friend Animal Clinic about any questions or concerns you may have at 408-739-2688.
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We Support Humane Society and Rescue Group Adoptions
COURTESY (free) Health Exam Tuesday - Friday (by appointment only)
Available to adopted pets from Silicon Valley Humane Society or 501c Rescue Groups within 14 days of adoption.
Adoption documents required for courtesy exam.
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I moved to the Bay Area with my cat, Buddy, in the Summer of 2015. After going to the same veterinarian for nearly my entire life, I was very anxious about finding a new vet which I could trust to take care of my cat. The vet staff at Pet's Friend Animal Clinic are wonderful! I have now taken Buddy here twice, both times to see Dr. Allison Moore. You can tell that she, and the rest of the staff, truly care about you and your animal. I'm very relieved to have found this exceptional clinic, and I plan to continue taking my cat here for the foreseeable future!
We have been taking our doggie girls to Pet's Friends since they opened. Although there have been many changes over the years, the loving care they have given our dogs, myself, and wife has always been consistent. That's because you can tell they love animals and want to help them live a long, happy, and healthy life. The Doctors are special - they take time to explain medical process, explain options to us, and really listen to our concerns. The Pet's Friends' staff treats us like family. The staff provides more than just administrative and technical support to the Doctors - they provide a professional atmosphere of confidence while making everyone feel at home. I would not hesitate recommending them to my friends.