Saturday, January 13, 2018

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Giardiasis, and more ...

Giardiasis in Dogs & Cats – An Under-Appreciated Cause of Diarrhea

Dr. Christopher Byers/CriticalCareDVM

Giardiasis is one of those tricky causes of diarrhea in dogs. It's not easy to diagnose, and it can be both over- and under-diagnosed. False-negative fecal test results are quite common. When we suspected giardiasis in Jasmine, we came home with a little vial to collect samples into over the period of one week. Back then we tested the living daylights out of Jasmine's poop and got nothing to show for it. It wasn't until much later when she finally got diagnosed with IBD.

As tricky as it is to diagnose it is trying to treat it because it is difficult to completely eliminate it from the intestines once it's there as well as it is easy for your dog to get re-infected where they caught it the first time around. Which can be anywhere.

If your dog is suffering from diarrhea, giardiasis ought to be one of the suspects to investigate. Check out Dr. Byers' insights into the matter.

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Your Dog Has Giardia. What Can You Do?

Dr. Marty Becker

Since we are on the subject, let's check out Dr. Marty Beckers two cents as well.

"Giardia is a very difficult parasite to cure in dogs." ~Dr. Marty Becker
Giardia is a parasite and as such is not at all picky about species to infect. It is also quite abundant in the environment. Often, your dog might have the parasite present in their intestine but not show any signs. If a dog does get ill, they can suffer from chronic diarrhea, weight loss or vomiting. Clearly, these symptoms are not unique to this disease.

Traditional treatment can consist of antibiotics or dewormers, or a combination of the two. The main component of the therapy is preventing reinfection where possible. Of course, that can be done only in controlled environments.

In the end, it seems the most essential part of prevention are crossed fingers.

Dog and Cat Owner's Guide: Giardia

Dr. Karen Becker

What to Do When Your Dog’s Eyes Are Red?

Dr. JoAnna Pendergrass

Redness is an outward sign of inflammation. In other words, red eyes are unhappy eyes. The causes are many. For me, red eyes, especially if my dog is also squinting or fussing with them, is a reason to see a vet quickly. Unhappy eyes can be very painful and lasting damage is highly likely.

Some of the common cause include dry eye, pink eye, cherry eye, or corneal damage. While it is not always an emergency, I mostly treat it as one.

Read Dr. Pendergrass's insights into the subject.

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