Puddles and Parasites

Puddles and Parasites

Spring is almost here my wonderful animal lovers! Do you think it’s done snowing yet? We know that melted snow creates puddles. Well, puddles attract animals and many of those animals carry parasites, most commonly Giardia. So, when you take your dogs for a walk and they drink from a puddle their chance of contracting a parasite is pretty high. Giarda is a parasite transmitted by feces but, your dog doesn’t even have to eat infected poop in order to get the parasite. Think about it this way – if you go to a dog park where a dog has giardia and the owner doesn’t clean up the poop or waits too long before cleaning up the poop, the parasite is now in the grass. Your dog sniffs the poop or the general area where the poop was at one point and BAM! Giarda travels through the sniffer and quickly finds it’s way to the intestines, causing diarrhea. Diarrhea is the most common indication that your dog has a parasite. Giarda is generally very treatable with a simple pill but you have to catch it early before it causes any real damage to your pet’s intestines. If you see blood or mucus in your pet’s stool a visit to the vet with a stool sample is a must! Not only to make sure that your furbaby is treated properly but also to decrease the risk of spreading the parasite to other animals including your kitties, and even you! Yep, that’s right…humans can get giarda too and it’s easier to get than you might think. Your grass could be contaminated with giarda cysts which could easily get into your pets mouth and then your pet kisses your face. Now you have giarda. Gross, huh? This is why cleaning up after your pets is so important especially if you have more than one pet. If you have 3 dogs and 1 dog gets giarda, it’s pretty much a guarantee the other 2 dogs will get it unless you are super diligent about cleaning up the poop in the yard. So clean up and keep your pets away from puddles!

After typing the word “poop” 7 times in a single newsletter, I’m calling it quits!

Don’t forget to hug your furbabies for me!