PARASITES & PUPPIES

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Habibi Treatments

As with all living beings, there are certain factors that we have to deal with.  In the case of dogs, that includes the lovely reality of parasites, and all that entails!  While we use preventative measures with our dogs and puppies, it is still possible for a pup to pick up a new parasite. This is nothing to be alarmed about, and this is why there are so many different medications available - because it is a common occurrance with dogs. We recommend routine de-worming as a preventative.

 

Giardia and Coccidia are very common in dogs---about 70% of all puppies have giardia and coccidia in their digestive system.  Most puppies will not be physically effected by the protozoa or exhibit symptoms.  Stress can bring out symptoms, thus why it is common for puppies to develop diarrhea when they leave their birth home to their new forever home.  We follow a strict regime as a preventative measure with all of our puppies, as it is next to impossible to avoid exposure on our property due to the wildlife in our area.  According to research, we have read references that indicate all kennels have giardia and coccidia.  It is also very prevalant in rainy areas too.  In addition, It can be carried by flies, mice, cats, other dogs, birds and wildlife.  When puppies play in the yard, they can easily pick up the oocytes and be infected.  All it takes to infect your dog is one microscopic oocyte or egg dropped by a bird flying overhead, a deer running through, raccoon, cat......you get the picture.   While we keep our puppies clean, we do want the babies to have the opportunity to explore the environment around them, as they were born to do!  That's part of life and raising animals--there is always a potential they will get exposed both HERE and in YOUR home too, the moment you allow your dog to walk outside.  Luckily there are medications available that we can use so our furry friends can have the life they deserve, and don't have to live in a bubble.

 

Giardia

Giardia is a protozoan parasite that lives in the intestinal tract of the animal.  Your pet can contract Giardia from the environment (mud puddles, standing water, the ground or being in contact with other infected animal's stools).  We can't keep our dogs in a bubble, so if your dog is spending any time outdoors--more than likely it can be in contact with Giardia.  Any place that other dogs, cats or animals have been are a potential source for infection.  It has been estimated that nearly 70% of all dogs and puppies in the United States and Canada have this protozoa in it's system, and most do not show symptoms.  

 

Treatment

As a preventative, we de-worm our puppies according to our veterinarians and WSU's recommendations. Common treatment for Giardia is Metronidazole (Flagyl)  and/or Fenbendazole (Safeguard or Panacur) for 5 - 10 days. 

 

Testing for Giardia can be tricky.  You can receive a false negative, or if the puppy is tested too soon after treatment, a false positive.  Due to re-contamination, sometimes it does take two - three rounds to eliminate giardia, especially if the dosage is incorrect.  It is quite easy for the dog to be reinfected from the same source, so don't panic if this happens.  We recommend keeping a few medications on hand to treat your dog in home, especially if you live in a rainy climate or by water (the ocean, lakes, streams, etc). 

 

Medicine                             Amount per 5 lbs.                        Amount per 10 lbs.

Fenbendazole                      1.25 cc's                                     2.5 cc's

Metronidazole                     100mg's                                      200 mg's

 

The cost to treat in-home is going to be quite less than through your vet.  Especially in larger cities, we have seen vets mark up the cost for the wormers over 20,000% over our costs.  No kidding!  Especially when you can buy it yourself for a fraction of the costs. 

 

There are great online sources (and local too) for the EXACT same medications, sold under different names. 

Flagyl, Metronidazole, is identical to an over the counter medication called Fish Zole, available HERE  more info available HERE

Fenbendazole, Safeguard, is available to order through our shopping cart, HERE 

 

Coccidia

Coccidia are tiny single-celled parasites that live in the wall of your dog’s intestine. They are found more often in puppies, but they can also infect older dogs and cats. Dogs become infected by swallowing soil that contains coccidia or other substances in the environment that may contain dog feces.  We have occurrances every once in a while, but thanks to the use of Baycox, it is extremely rare, usually only crops up when a dog visits our home, or we find wild turkeys on our property. 

 

Coccidia is very common in dogs---about 70% of all puppies have coccidia in their digestive system.  Most puppies will not be physically effected by the protozoa or exhibit symptoms.  Stress can bring out symptoms, thus why it is common for puppies to develop diarrhea when they leave their birth home to their new forever home.  We follow a strict regime as a preventative measure with all of our puppies, as it is next to impossible to avoid exposure on our property due to the wildlife in our area.  According to research, we have read references that indicate all kennels have coccidia (and giardia).  It can be carried by flies, mice, cats, other dogs and wildlife.  When puppies play in the yard, they can easily pick up the oocytes and be infected. 

 

Preventative Treatment  

Albon Baycox - not available in the US, we order from Australia and treat our animals with this medication.  It has  erradicated coccidia in our dogs!

 

Fleas, Ticks, Ear Mites, Skin Mites, Heartwork

While these parasites are not common in our area, we do routinely treat our adults to prevent an infestation.  We also send home our puppies with a dose of Revolution as a preventative.   It also takes care of internal parasites such as round worms.   Occasionally, we've had puppies contract fleas or ear mites in their new home, especially in the wet areas such as Seattle and Portland.  By treating with Revolution preventatively, we now rarely have a family report back with any outbreaks!  This medication is available by prescription through your vet, or can be found at local feed stores, or online at Revival Animal   This is where we get many of our medications and supplies!