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Giardiasis In Pets

Giardiasis in dogs is caused by a unicellular organism, Giardia canis. It is a protozoan parasite that inhabits the small intestine of dogs and cats. Transmission and infection of the disease occur when a dog ingests a cyst of the parasite. The cyst opens in the small intestine where it releases a trophozoite. It is an active form of the organism and possesses hair-like structures called flagella. These structures enable trophozoites to move around and attach to the wall of the intestine where they divide and multiply repeatedly until they form a cyst around themselves. These are then eliminated from the body with the feces. This is the reason why Giardia can easily contaminate the water sources and the environment and infect a large number of susceptible animals and even people.

If your Fayetteville, NC vet suspects that your pet is suffering from giardiasis, specific medications will be prescribed to eliminate the parasite and protect your pet from re-infection. Click here to learn more.

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