Giardia are a scurge all year round. But they are especially active in Spring and Fall when there are nice puddles to play in and drink and damp earth to roll on and enjoy. We caught up with Dr. Chris Gaylord of North Slope Veterinary to get some background on this parasite that loves to cause tummy aches and worse.
Brooklyn Bark: What is Giardia and how is it transmitted?
Dr. Chris: Giardia (Giardia duodenalis) is a gastrointestinal parasite. It is a type of single celled organism called a protozoa. Both dogs and cats are susceptible although we see it more in dogs, likely because they are inveterate poop sniffers and always out on the streets.
Infected dogs shed Giardia cysts, which are like eggs, in their feces and the cysts can live for many months in the environment and are often found in