Giardia can be passed in stool intermittently, and an animal may appear healthy or without signs of disease before it stops passing Giardia.
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Giardia, a small parasite residing in animal intestines, poses health risks. Symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, weight loss, or no visible signs. Infections spread through contact with contaminated faeces, soil, or water, particularly affecting young pets. Early detection is crucial, especially for persistent diarrhoea, to prevent complications.
Swift action with the Giardia Test from Home Health ensures your pet’s well-being. Detect and address infections promptly for a healthy, happy companion.
Giardia can cause issues like diarrhoea, vomiting, weight loss, and poor health, even leading to death. It’s important to note that many infected animals may not show any symptoms.
Giardia spreads through animal faeces in the form of a tough cyst. Pets can get infected by:
Young pets, such as puppies and kittens, are more at risk than adult dogs and cats.
If the giardia test for dogs comes back positive, consult your vet promptly for immediate treatment. Please note that the test detects giardia at the trophozoite stage during the acute phase and may yield false negatives if performed outside shedding periods.
The duration of Giardia infection in dogs can vary. Some may clear the infection on their own, while others may require treatment. It’s essential to monitor symptoms and consult your vet for guidance.
In some cases, Giardia may resolve on its own, especially in healthy adult dogs. However, prompt veterinary attention is crucial to assess the severity of the infection and determine if treatment is necessary.
Yes, Giardia is contagious. The cysts passed in faeces can infect other animals and humans or contaminate the environment. Practising good hygiene, such as proper handwashing, is essential to prevent the spread of the infection.
During Giardia treatment, feed your dog a bland diet, such as boiled chicken and rice, to ease digestion. Consult your vet for specific dietary recommendations based on your dog’s condition and treatment plan.
How to Use:
Allow the test cassette, specimen, buffer, and/or controls to equilibrate to room temperature (15-30 °C) prior to testing.
To process fecal specimens:
For Solid Specimens:
Unscrew the cap of the specimen collection tube, then randomly stab the specimen collection applicator into the fecal specimen at least 3 different sites to collect approximately 50 mg of feces (equivalent to 1/4 of a pea). Do not scoop the fecal specimen.
For Liquid Specimens:
Hold the dropper vertically, aspirate fecal specimens, and then transfer 2 drops of the liquid specimen (approximately 80 μL) into the specimen collection tube containing the extraction buffer. Tighten the cap onto the specimen collection tube, then shake the specimen collection tube vigorously to mix the specimen and the extraction buffer. Leave the collection tube for reaction for 2 minutes.