Giardia is a pet parasite that lives in the small intestines of cats and dogs. As this video explains, veterinarians advise that pet owners implement key preventative measures to prevent their pet from acquiring this parasite.
Giardia can be found in many outdoor water sources such as rivers, lakes, ponds, and even puddles. Though most cases of giardia are asymptomatic, pet owners may notice several signs that indicate an active giardia infection. The most common symptoms are diarrhea and weight decrease. This is because giardia interferes with digestion and absorption of nutrients. However, you can minimize your pet’s risk of contracting giardia by adhering to a few important guidelines. Don’t kennel your pet with other animals. Don’t let them drink from outside water sources. Lastly, ask your veterinarian to perform giardia testing twice a year.
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