Dog Has Diarrhea – Check for Symptoms of Giardia in Dogs

Dog Has DiarrheaIf your dog has diarrhea, check for symptoms of giardia in dogs because it’s very common and dog lovers everywhere need to know what to look for.

Giardia is a one celled protozoan life form often found in untreated water or feces that rest in a dog’s intestines. The potential to cause serious illness is very real.

Giardia can be easily passed from one dog to another and many of our canine companions live for years with giardia with no sign whatsoever. However, dogs with a compromised immune system can become sick quite rapidly.

My Dog Has Diarrhea – Pinpointing the Symptoms?

The giardia symptoms dog owners tend to notice first is a recurring diarrhea that ranges from light to explosive. A dog may then experience:

  1. Diarrhea with mucus
  2. Weight loss
  3. Lethargy,
  4. Low energy,
  5. Complete loss of appetite

What to Do When Your Dog Has Diarrhea and You Suspect Giardia?

This is because giardia can multiply abundantly over the intestinal tract and block the absorption of food. Unfortunately, because one or any combination of these symptoms can arise, the illness can easily be mistaken for something else and misdiagnosed.

The longer the symptoms are allowed to persist, the more dangerous giardia can be for a dog. Luckily, once a trained vet or breeder suspects he or she is looking at giardia symptoms dog owners merely need to provide a fecal sample from their dog for testing.

Should the test prove positive, a vet can then prescribe a remedy that will help get the intestinal tract back in balance. A dog owner then will usually choose to prevent a re-infestation by treating what other dogs may be present in the home or by giving a dog’s environment a rigorous cleaning that focuses on removing feces.

Because giardia can be passed through a dog’s solid waste, the disease has the potential to be passed to humans. This not only makes handling a dog’s waste a hazardous issue, it is an important reason why a dog’s environment should be kept free and clear of dirty water and feces. However, with giardia symptoms dog feces do not always play a role. A dog that drinks out of a pond, river or muddy puddle while out on a walk can contract the problem causing protozoan all over again.

How a Quality Diet Prevents Giardia Infection and Diarrhea Problems

symptoms of giardia in dogsPreventing giardia and many other infectious diseases can be fairly difficult as they are so plentiful but keeping the chances low not only means a clean environment but feeding a dog a natural raw diet.

As mentioned, dogs that deal with repeated infestations of giardia are those that have compromised immune systems. Commercial dog food often promotes allergic reactions throughout a dog’s body that shorts out the immune system. Plus, the super concentrated chemicals and additives in dog food bombard, overwhelm and wear down the intestinal tract over time. The result is a digestive tract that is super susceptible to even the smallest amounts of giardia that a healthy dog would take no notice of.

Keep in mind that water is a large part of a dog’s diet and water is another source of giardia. To avoid giardia symptoms dog water should always come from a clean, dependable source. If you are unsure where your water comes from or that it may be unsafe, boil the water or filter it to ensure any and all contaminants are removed.

Watch the short video below where I underline the power of feeding your dog fresh food.

The Healthiest Dog Food in the World

By feeding your dog a natural raw food diet the exposure to giardia and other dog diarrhea causing organisms is of greatly reduced consequence as the dogs immune system, its digestive tract and colon are in the peak of condition and essentially bullet proof to infection and disease by comparison to that of a commercially fed dog from cans and bags.

Also of consideration is the fact that if your dog exists only on commercially canned or dry food, they will have a poor immune system and the drugs involved in treatment whilst adding extra expense are another toxic burden to an already compromised system increasing your dogs health problems.

Added to the many other benefits that come as a result of a natural diet are:

  1. Allergy free skin
  2. Clear eyes
  3. Bright supple shiny coat
  4. Increased balanced energy and mood
  5. Clear sweet breath
  6. No gas or diarrhea
  7. An end to over three quarters of existing health complaints even serious ones like dog cancer.

This gives you the opportunity to experience the kind of health in your dog you never thought possible, and an end to expensive veterinary visits and medications.

About Dan

Dan is an experienced dog nutrition and home remedy specialist, helping pet parents heal chronic dog health problems with healthier kibble, home cooked and raw food diets and using effective, safer natural home remedies for a healthier, happier and longer lived dog.


  1. Hi and welcome to the blog, thankyou for your input, i’m very happy to help and glad you found bennefit from the article.

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