Giardia Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Giardia Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Giardia Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs is an infection caused by a microscopic protozoan organism that usually infects the intestines of both pets and humans.

Giardia Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Giardia infection in  English bulldog puppies, French bulldog puppies, and American bulldogs can inflict varying degrees of digestive problems, especially diarrhea.

Giardia Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TRANSMISSION

The Giardia organism can survive in the environment for a long time. Most Bulldog puppies and other dog breeds become infected when they swallow Giardia cysts that have been passed in the feces of infected animals; this route of infection is called fecal-oral.

Giardia Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs CAUSE:

  • BULLDOG PUPPIES/ IMMUNODEFICIENT: Bulldog and French Bulldog Puppies who typically have an undeveloped immune system
  • SENIOR BULLDOGS / IMMUNODEFICIENT: Senior bulldogs often have weakened immune systems (Immunodeficient)
  • IMMUNUCOMPRMISED BULLDOGS: Bulldogs with a suppressed immune system, due to stress, bulldog on immunosuppressant drugs, Cushing Syndrom bulldogs, etc
  • STRESSED BULLDOGS: boarding, rescued, chronic disease
  • KENNELED / CROWDED: bulldogs live in crowded housing environments such as animal shelters, breeding facilities, kennels, and catteries, where the Giardia organisms accumulate in the animals’ surroundings.

Healthy pets can also be subclinically infected shading the parasite in their stool and infecting others.

It takes up to two weeks from contracting the Giardia to shading it in the stool.

BULLDOG GIARDIA VACCINE

The Giardia vaccine may be effective in reducing fecal shedding of cysts but is ineffective in the prevention of giardia infection

 

 

Giardia Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PRESENTATION:

ASYMPTOMATIC CARRIER: Infected bulldog puppies often seem healthy and do not show any signs of illness (asymptomatic carriers).

When your bulldog puppy does exhibit clinical signs like diarrhea it can be Intermittent with occasional flareups.

  1. DIARRHEA: is most common, it could be bloody. f your bulldog puppy is not properly treated, diarrhea can become chronic and lead to improper processing and digestion (malabsorption)
  2. REDUCED APPETITE
  3. VOMITING
  4. DEHYDRATION
  5. WEIGHT LOSS & STUNT GROWTH
  6. LISTLESS

Giardia Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DIAGNOSIS:

  1. HISTORY: kennel, breeder, chronic stress, doggy parks, and other dogs in contact with your pet are known giardia cases
  2. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: such as bloody diarrhea
  3. LAB TEST: fecal

Giardia Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PREVENTION:

  • CALM: Reduce Stressed and anxiety
  • FOOD: Balanced Diet
  • THERAPEUTIC SUPPLEMENTS: Immune Boosting and stress-reducing supplements like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Immune Support and V4B Hemp Calm & Relax
  • BOWL: stainless steel bowls, daily cleaned
  • POOP BAGS: the parasite is transmitted via stool, thus picking up your pet’s poop is important
  • DOGGY PARKS: don’t allow your pet to snip other dog’s poop

Giardia Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TREATMENT:

THERAPEUTIC SUPPLEMENTS: Pre/Probiotics and digestive Enzymes like Dr.  Kraemers Bully Probiotics Formula, V4B Bully Immune Support, and V4B Hemp Calm & Relax

THERAPEUTIC ANTISEPTIC TOPICALS: Wipe giardia-positive pet butt with an antiseptic wipe like Dr. Kraemer V4B Bully Skinfold Antiseptic Wipe

ANTIBIOTICS: Giardia Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs puppies is fairly easily treated with one of several available drugs.

Keep in mind that even after treating your bulldog puppy for Giardia he or he still might be infected because the organism is very resistant. thus, reinfection is common.

BLEACH: Thorough cleaning of the immediate environment, water, and food bowls with 1:16 (one part bleach and 16 parts water) diluted bleach is recommended. Giardia cysts are also susceptible to drying. Therefore, allow areas that are cleaned to dry thoroughly.

HOSPITALIZATION: in severe cases for hydration, calories intake, and supportive treatment

Giardia Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs parasite

Giardia Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PRESENTATION:

ASYMPTOMATIC CARRIER: Infected bulldog puppies often seem healthy and do not show any signs of illness (asymptomatic carriers).

When your bulldog puppy does exhibit clinical signs like diarrhea it can be Intermittent with occasional flareups.

  1. DIARRHEA: is most common, it could be bloody. f your bulldog puppy is not properly treated, diarrhea can become chronic and lead to improper processing and digestion (malabsorption)
  2. REDUCED APPETITE
  3. VOMITING
  4. DEHYDRATION
  5. WEIGHT LOSS & STUNT GROWTH
  6. LISTLESS

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Giardia Infection  TIPS & WARNINGS:

BULLDOG & FRENCH BULLDOG GIARDIA TIPS

Bulldog Giardia Infection Tip #1 TREATMENT: Treating for giardia based on symptoms despite a negative test result is prudent because no single test is 100% reliable.

Bulldog Giardia Infection Tip #2 HYGIENE:  Use proper hygiene. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling infected pets or their feces

Bulldog Giardia Infection Tip #3 POOP: Remove your bulldog puppy feces and discarded it as soon as possible to minimize contamination and reinfection.

Bulldog Giardia Infection Tip #4 BATH: Bathe your bulldog puppy with an antiseptic shampoo like Dr. Kraemer’s

  • V4B Antiseptic Shampoo
  •  V4B Anti Septic Gel if there are faces around the anus and tail.

Bulldog Giardia Tip #5 HAIR: Trim the hairs around the anal area

 Tip #6 OTHER PETS: If you have other pets, have them also examined by your veterinarian.

Bulldog Giardia Infection Tip #8: Bring a fecal sample to your veterinarian to be tested at least once a year even if your bulldog puppy appears healthy.

BULLDOG & FRENCH BULLDOG GIARDIA WARNINGS

Warning #1 HUMAN: Any suspicion of human Giardia infection should be discussed with a medical doctor.

Warning #2 STOOL TEST: Negative stool test results can be false since the giardia organism is only being passed in the stool intermittently. In cases where your pet exhibits clinical signs consistent with giardia despite negative test results, repeating the test in a week’s time is a good idea.

Warning #3 WANTER: Both your bulldog and you most often become infected by drinking

Water from contaminated water sources or from direct contact with other infected humans.

Bulldog Giardia Infection Warning #4 ZOONOSIS: Giardiasis in cats and dogs are potentially communicable (zoonotic) disease, thus is a public health risk.

Please make sure to take steps to protect your kids and your community by practicing basic hygiene, such as wearing gloves or washing hands after handling a pet with giardiasis

Bulldog Giardia Infection Warning #5 KIDS: Children and immunodeficient individuals (e.g., persons undergoing chemotherapy, HIV-positive individuals). Are more susceptible to contracting giardia from your pets.

Bulldog Giardia Infection Warning #6 LIVER DISEASE: Giardia can also cause diarrhea and liver problems in people, contact your Dr. if anyone in your household is showing those signs.

Warning #7 OTHER PETS: Keep your other pets from coming in contact with your infected bulldog if possible.

Warning #8 SWIM: Do not let your Giardia-infected pet defecate or swim in public areas.

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