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Giardia positive- no symptoms?
Hi there. As some of you may know, I got a new puppy, Rocco, almost 3 weeks ago. He's almost 17 weeks old now and I took him to the vet on Monday for his third round of shots. I've had no health concerns about him but the vet recommended a fecal sample as he's a pup and parasites are common. Luckily he had to go potty during our visit, so I was able to provide the vet with a fresh one for testing. They called yesterday to tell me he tested positive for Giardia. I'm shocked because his poos have been completely normal- about 3 times a day, after meals, firm, healthy color, normal smell, etc. In fact, he hasn't had runny poo at all (a few have been on the softer side but I wouldn't describe as runny). He eats fine, though he's not a huge eater and has exhibited no other symptoms of illness. The vet wants me to stop by today to pick up antibiotics - two 5 day courses. I am planning on treating him since he tested positive and I understand this is highly contagious between dogs so I don't want him to make other dogs sick, but I'm uneasy due to his lack of symptoms. Anyone have a similar experience or have any thoughts??