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lesjoanne
19th July 2008, 02:12 PM
Hi,
Our new pup has just been diagnosed with giardia (via stool specimens). He had loose stools for about 2 weeks, but initially we thought it was moving house and food change, even though we did it gradually. We have started him on panacur and antibiotics, so hopefully things will improve and he can also put weight on!!
Ou biggest worry is our other 7 mth old - do we need to keep them apart? They are still at the play fighting stage of getting to know each other, with lots of mouth action!!
Also, what is the best thing to clean with in the house? I have just had a mad blitz of all toys, bedding etc, and bleached the area they sleep in.
Any advice greatly appreciated.:xfngr:

pippa
19th July 2008, 04:09 PM
Sorry can't help ,just sending best wishes for his speedy recovery..

Jasperxxgabby
19th July 2008, 06:05 PM
I think you doing the right thing using disinfectant, I would keep cleaning toys and the area he sleeps regularly, Keeping them separated is hard I would watch your 7 mth old for signs, ask your vet for advice, prevention is better then cure. Wishing you 14 week old a very speedy recovery :xfngr: your 7 mth old will be okay.

Lani
19th July 2008, 08:29 PM
It's no fun dealing with diarrhea in a puppy (believe me, I've been there ... Lucky had awful colitis as a puppy ...). He recently had some kinda tummy trouble. Stool tested negative for Giardia, but one thing the vet told me might help you.

She said Giardia can be hard to get rid of and often recurs ... it can be really frustrating but one thing you can do to help prevent a recurrance is giving frequent "butt baths" in addition to the meds. The butt baths help because the Giardia is sticky and will stick around down there and as you probably have figured dogs like to lick themselves. The butt bath helps to keep him clean and prevent them from getting reinfected.

Hope that helps some and the disinfecting is a good idea. Hopefully it'll be all gone soon.

Karlin
19th July 2008, 10:15 PM
Sorry to hear you are having this problem but it is good it is now diagnosed and yu can work to treat it. This seems a pretty comprehensive article and gives advice on what to do when other dogs are around --

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?articleid=739

Claire L
20th July 2008, 10:05 AM
Sorry to hear that your pup is unwell :( I really hope the meds work and he gets better soon.

I agree with Lani; butt baths are really important when dogs have diarrhoea. They reduce the risk of re-infection.

lesjoanne
20th July 2008, 10:29 AM
So glad I founf this forum. Thanks for all the kind thoughts and advice. The article recommended was great.
Well he has had his first formed stool this am (first since we have had him). Hooray! :jump:
So hopefully he is on his way. We will do the butt baths as well to make sure the little critters stay away!!

Nancy
20th July 2008, 12:52 PM
don't forget to wash all bedding frequently, and the article reminded about shoes, so try to use those plastic shoes when outside and wash them frequently.