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We'll be bringing home our second puppy on Monday and the breeder just informed me that the pups tested positive for Giardia. The pups started taking the medication today and will do so for the next week.

I rescheduled our vet appointment, as well as puppy kindergarten. I'm planning on desinfecting his playpen, litter-box and food dish daily and putting a clean blanket over his bed everyday that will go in the wash every night (luckily we stocked up on ikea blankets). I'll also wipe him off after going potty.

I'm mostly worried that our other Hav will catch it.

Any words of advice dealing with Giardia?
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We'll be bringing home our second puppy on Monday and the breeder just informed me that the pups tested positive for Giardia. The pups started taking the medication today and will do so for the next week.

I rescheduled our vet appointment, as well as puppy kindergarten. I'm planning on desinfecting his playpen, litter-box and food dish daily and putting a clean blanket over his bed everyday that will go in the wash every night (luckily we stocked up on ikea blankets). I'll also wipe him off after going potty.

I'm mostly worried that our other Hav will catch it.

Any words of advice dealing with Giardia?
Anytime one of ours has had giardia, which has only been when a new dog joined the household, (I have had 19 dogs over the course of 59 yrs), I have treated the entire crew. This has typically meant treating some that didn't have the illness but it can be really difficult to clear up if it gets entrenched in your environment. Is there any way the breeder could keep the puppy until it tests clear?
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Oh no, that doesn't sound good!

We planned ahead and my husband and I both took off next week. I run my own business so I scheduled projects around. Our breeder is doing a lot of shows (she thinks she picked it up there), so next Monday was the day that would work for her.

So we're trying to make it work, without putting anyone at risk.
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I would have your other dog potty in a separate area to be safe. I would thoroughly disinfect all areas of the home that the puppy is in and keep toys, food and water bowls clean. Giardia is often hard to get rid of with one round of antibiotic and you should expect the puppy to probably have loose stools for awhile. Good luck.



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I would have your other dog potty in a separate area to be safe. I would thoroughly disinfect all areas of the home that the puppy is in and keep toys, food and water bowls clean. Giardia is often hard to get rid of with one round of antibiotic and you should expect the puppy to probably have loose stools for awhile. Good luck.

Thanks!

I was planning one having a litter box for each of them and not share at the beginning. Same goes for food and water dish and toys. I might only give him access to toys at the beginning that I can bleach and clean and introduce stuffed animals later.

I didn't think of loose stools, I think I will pick up extra baby wipes just in case. Especially for the car ride (400 miles each way).
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Giardia is a parasite that can be a nightmare to clear up. Sometimes it gets worse before it begins to improve. I'd be especially concerned with a puppy's well being during a bout if it. Dehydration from the diarrhea, especially if it becomes "explosive", is a possibility.

A puppy with diarrhea that is not housebroken will require your having a strong constitution. I dealt with a rescue adult Doberman that came with giardia. There wasn't a quick fix for it...the diarrhea and loose stools were most unpleasant as was having the dog go through that.

Best of luck to you and your new puppy.



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