It is not a worm, Bacteria or Virus!! Giardiasis is an intestinal infection in humans and animals, caused by a microscopic protozoan parasite. Statistics say 50% of puppies and younger dogs will suffer from Giardiasis in their lifetime!
Giardia is very difficult to detect in a normal fecal test, Giardia is inconsistent when shedding, from ingestion the Cysts can take 5-12 to show in a canine fecal sample and 5-16 days for a cat so the fecal sample tested may not contain the cyst.
This is why we recommend a Giardia home test between fecal tests.
Giardiasis can cause diarrhoea, in animals and people. But the majority of dogs infected with Giardia do not have diarrhoea, vomiting, or any other signs of illness.
Giardiasis can be transmitted by eating or sniffing the cysts from contaminated ground, grass or by drinking contaminated water.
If an animal is diagnosed it is very dangerous for people suffering from Aids, cancer or undergoing chemotherapy.
If detected a good chlorine bleach dilution should be used and all bedding, toys and bowls washed.