Natural Treatments for Cats and Dogs With Chronic Giardia and Parasites
Most pets, especially puppies and kittens, have parasites at some point in their lives. Pets become exposed in community settings such as dog parks and boarding facilities, or from sharing food or water with another pet. Parasites, especially giardia, can be very hard to get rid of and can become a recurring problem. Parasites need to be treated first by a veterinarian. However, it's essential to help repair the intestinal lining, as both the treatment (for example, metronidazole for dogs) side effects and the parasitic infection can cause inflammation in the intestinal lining and subsequent weakening of the immune system, which can lead to reinfestations and chronic giardia in dogs. The inflammation in the intestinal tract can contribute to a pet developing IBS and IBD. Using supplements to repair and rebuild the intestinal lining will help. Products like Colostrum for Pets, NotaSAN, Power Probiotic and the IBD Kit are essential as natural after-treatments for pets with parasites. If you need help, please email us at Support@AskAriel.com and we will be glad to assist you.
Important Facts You Need To Know About Treating Giardia in Pets
Giardia is a protozoal infection (parasite) of the intestines that is transmitted by water or fecal ingestion. It can be easily transmitted, even at the nicest facilities and pet social areas. It can spread very quickly to other pets (and humans), so it is important to be proactive in preventing and treating giardia.
Know the Signs of Worms and Parasites in Dogs and Cats
Giardia parasites literally eat your pet's food and nutrients. These are the most common signs:
- Intermittent or continual diarrhea
- Weight loss or failure to gain weight
- Lackluster coat
- Bloody diarrhea
Get Your Pet Tested for Giardia, Worms and Parasites
It is very important to have a fecal smear and ELISA test to check for giardia annually. Many pets are asymptomatic and will not show signs, and testing is the only way to know for sure whether your pet has giardia. Giardia can be easily transmitted if your pet has access to open streams, has playtime with other pets or has stayed in a boarding facility (even at a vet's office or virtually ANYWHERE!).
What To Do if Your Pet Has Giardia
Treatment for giardia needs to contain a multipronged approach. While medications may kill giardia, the infestation can have a long-term impact on your pet's immune system, digestive system and bowel function (many pets may be diagnosed with IBD later in life). Thus, it is essential to use both conventional treatments from your veterinarian along with an aftercare treatment plan using natural supplements and good hygiene to prevent reinfestation and help heal your pet's intestinal lining.
Effective Treatment of Giardia in Dogs and Cats Will Need To Include:
1) Antiparasitic medications prescribed by your veterinarian
2) Good hygiene to prevent reinfestation
3) Supplements to repair and rebuild your pet's intestinal tract
Hygiene Tips for How To Prevent Giardia Reinfestation in Dogs:
- Wash your pet and your pet's bedding several times during the first two weeks of the treatment period.
- Use a baby wipe or wet paper towel and gloves to wipe your pet's rear end after defecation.
- Reinfestation is a HUGE PROBLEM. If at all possible, keep your infected pet separated in an isolated area. You may want to ask your veterinarian about proactively treating other pets, although the medications can be harsh. Be sure your infected pet only urinates and defecates in an isolated area (no grass is best) away from where other pets may go.
- ALWAYS wear gloves when picking up stool infested with giardia or parasites/worms, and then throw the baggie into another baggie with a tie on top. Immediately pick up the stool if possible. Giardia can get into the ground, concrete, etc.
- After you clean up the area, please use bleach or a cleaning product containing bleach. Be prepared -- you could need about 30 rolls of paper towels in a 10-day period and several bottles of cleanser. Wash your shoes after walking on the infected area.
- Keep children, workers, pets and housekeepers away from the trash.
Long-Term Immune and Digestive System Support
Pets affected with giardia will need some aftercare to support their digestive and immune health. Giardia, worms and parasites, as well as the treatment medications, can cause intestinal irritation, leading to intestinal inflammation. Many pet owners report that their pet has more sensitivities to foods, allergy symptoms, bouts of diarrhea and loose stool after having giardia or worm infestation. That is why it is so important to use natural supplements to help heal the intestinal tract and rebalance intestinal flora. If you are concerned about giardia in puppies not going away, be sure to implement long-term immune and digestive system support in order to rule out the possibility of long-term digestive side effects.
Be Proactive With Your Pet's Digestive Care
Pets can develop IBD or IBS because the inflammation in the bowel has not been addressed. Using Power Probiotic AND Colostrum for Pets in your pet’s giardia diet can support your pet's intestinal health, reduce the risk of infection and provide healthy flora to reduce inflammation in the intestinal tract. The IBD Kit restores balance and helps heal the intestinal lining from the irritation caused by the giardia infection and the prescription medications used to treat it. Any pet diagnosed with worms or parasites can benefit from these products. If you are boarding your pet at a daycare facility or veterinary clinic, the Power Probiotic and Colostrum can be used to help ward off disease and support digestive health.
IBD Kit -This kit includes three unique supplements specially designed for cats and small dogs to calm and soothe the digestive tract, firm up stool, relieve tummy rumbling and reduce gas, mucus and bloody stool. The Kit includes Power Probiotic, Soothing Digestive Relief and NotaSAN Anti-Inflammatory Drops -- products that have been recommended by veterinarians for over 15 years. These products are ideal for pets with IBD and IBS, as they are gentle, easy to use and all natural -- NO FILLERS! Please click on the link to view testimonials.
Colostrum For Pets - This product is great for pets that have (or had) worms or parasites (e.g. giardia) as it helps to heal the intestinal lining, preventing further inflammation that can result in a weakened immune system.
Power Probiotic - This is the best probiotic when a puppy has giardia, and the best probiotic for pets overall! Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain formula promotes the growth of friendly bacteria that are essential to a healthy immune system. It’s critical to use Power Probiotic if your pet has taken antibiotics, steroids or anti-parasitic medications, as these can deplete the friendly bacteria needed for a healthy immune and digestive system. Most pets love the taste too. It’s safe and natural and contains NO FILLERS!
K9 Yeast Defense - K9 Yeast Defense provides advanced gastrointestinal support for dogs that have been exposed to or treated for worms, parasites or giardia. This leading digestive health supplement is a specially formulated herbal blend containing grapefruit seed extract (GSE), pau d'arco, garlic bulb and caprylic acid. Dogs that have had giardia and parasites frequently develop a weakened digestive system as a result of the inflammation and irritation of the lining of the intestinal tract. It is not uncommon for these pets to develop food sensitivities, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or yeast overgrowth. Using K9 Yeast Defense along with Power Probiotic can help restore healthy digestive and immune function.
Olive Leaf Extract For Pets - Olive Leaf Extract for Pets can help to improve digestion because of it's antimicrobial properties. Studies have shown it to be effective against Campylobacter jejuni and Helicobacter pylori. Olive Leaf Extract's active ingredient, oleuropein, helps fight against pathogens while causing no harm to healthy bacteria in your pet's gut and mucous membranes. When used along with Power Probiotic, it can help to improve digestion by preventing infections and irritations in the digestive tract. Olive Leaf Extract is not the equivalent of an antibiotic, but it can be used in conjunction with treatments from your veterinarian.
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