Brooklyn Bark Talks

Dog Walkers Warn: Watch out for Giardia Canis

Beagle drinking from puddleWe have been blessed with a proliferation of puppies at Brooklyn Bark.  Puppies are known for eating everything and drinking from puddles... as do many adult dogs.

Puddles and damp areas in NY are often swarming with Giardia, a protozoa that loves to colonize the intestines of dogs and also cats.

Once thought a disease of the third world Giardia has proliferated in NYC.  Puddles, wet leaves, improperly cleaned up poop all provide breeding ground for this single celled scurge.

Giardia CannisWhen Giardia set up housekeeping in pup’s innards you will know:  tummy aches and diarrhea make the announcement.  Pup doesn't isn't too happy, either.

In an adult dog with a healthy immune system, this bout of nastiness is usually self-limiting, but in pups and senior dogs your vet might want to prescribe a course of antibiotics.

The best approach to Giardia is prevention.  Don’t let pup drink from puddles, play in damp leaves or investigate poop.   The second approach is that if pup’s diarrhea and discomfort last more than a couple of days, time to visit your vet.

Humans are also susceptible to Giardia, but scientists disagree if it is Giardia Canis or a different strain that infects humans.   Just in case, be extra careful when you scoop that poop.

Tags: Brooklyn Dog, Dog Walkers Advisory, Brooklyn Dog Walker