Giardia is an intestinal infection caused by a microscopic parasite that is typically spread through the faeces of infected dogs.
This parasite attacks the lining of the intestines to cause extreme gastric symptoms including diarrhoea and sickness that often results in a loss of condition.
Likelihood of infection and the impact of symptoms is much greater in puppies, senior dogs, ill dogs, and those residing in poor and unsanitary conditions such as those seen in the public shelters in Romania. Dogs falling into these categories are more likely to become seriously ill or die from the infection.
Giardia infections can usually be identified using a faecal test and medicinal treatments are typically taken for up to 10 days before the dog is then retested to check that they are free from giardia. If the dog is displaying extreme symptoms or if there is another infection present at the same time, then they may require treatment for these too.
It often takes more than one course of treatment to cure giardia and dogs can become reinfected easily especially if residing in unsanitary conditions alongside other infected dogs.
IDR ensures to test each dog for giardia prior to them being transported to the UK.
It costs £50 to treat a dog for giardia.
If you would like to find out more about giardia please see here: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/giardia-in-dogs