Giardia notes

Seldom more than 20 % of dogs in any given random asymptomatic study have Giardia.
Seldom LESS than 7-10% of dogs DO NOT have Giardia.

Averages from several different studies show:
10% of dogs, and 15% of cats have Giardia.

Of those, NONE might show symptoms. It may be the most "commonly carried" "bug" of dogs and cats.

The "extreme uppper end" study examining prevalence showed almost THIRTY PERCENT of dogs had Giardia or antigens from Giardia.

Interpretation: Up to 20% of dogs without symptoms in an urban or suburban population of unrelated dogs will have Giardia. No population is negative.
One study showed that it didn't matter if they were all packed in the city or spread out in back yards - the prevalence was the same.

In a study of infectious disease in Korea, The Idex CITE test showed a margin of error full 100% off. In other words, when tested twice against itself on the same population, same samples, the test returned exactly %8 positive and 15% positive.

The best studies were done where poor people live in poor conditions, WHO tests to see if the people are coinfected - and if their animals are the problem - the best three studies I saw were in Korea, Belgrade, and Brazil. When they're studying human health issues it's unvarnished and carefully done.

Search!

The Belgrade study examined more than urban or suburban. They looked at city, kennel and farm. This study showed that among asymptomatic animals, the incidence of giardia was 7% on the farm, 15% in the city, and 20-25% in the kennel.

GIARDIA IS COMMON
NOT ALL DOGS WITH GIARDIA HAVE DIARRHEA
PEOPLE CAN GET GIARDIA
NOT ALL PEOPLE WITH GIARDIA HAVE DIARRHEA
DIARRHEA IS NOT THE ONLY SYMPTOM OF GIARDIASIS

Giardia is treated with metronidazole, mebendazole, and tinidazole.
Tinidazole is nice because it's ONE treatment with about 2 grams, for people.
Metronidazole is given for three days, 2 grams at a time.

Quick Resources at a Glance

Please fill your contact information
Email   *
Select Mail Lists for subscribe : 
Dr Johnson's Wet Pets, Family Pets and Stuff For Vets List  - Newsletter opt in list for notices of interest to pond, pet and vet people.
Johnson Vet Services
Use this link to feedback for JVS services, staff, pricing, products, etc. For existing customers. Will not function as a means of consultation.
Doc's Book
"Koi Health & Disease" my second book title. It's a thick book with Koi and pond fish disease information and "how to" instructions on bringing Koi back to health. Digital copy from iTunes and Barnes & Noble with instant delivery, HALF the cover price.
Domain Names Available
I don't have a business selling domain names but there's ways to lease or use some of mine. Believe me, I can't fill them all!

Home Search Contact Best Buys Downloads

© 2009 All Rights Reserved JVS LLC Dr. Erik L. Johnson

CPA & Wealth Management Services to the Kennesaw / Townelake