What is Giardia?
Giardia is a tiny parasite that lives in the intestines of various animals.
What are the symptoms of Giardia?
Giardia can cause diarrhoea, vomiting, weight loss, poor condition or even death. However, many infected animals show no symptoms.
How do animals contract the infection?
Giardia is passed in the faeces of animals in the form of a cyst that is resistant to many environmental extremes.
Your pet might get infected by:
- Being in contact with infected faeces from another animal
- Rolling and playing in contaminated soil
- Licking its body after contact with a contaminated surface (for example, a dirty litter box or dog cage or crate)
- Drinking water from a contaminated creek, pond, or other body of water
Young pets, like puppies and kittens, have a higher risk of illness than adult dogs and cats.
Why do I need this Test?
Giardia can be passed in stool intermittently, and an animal may appear healthy or without signs of disease before it stops passing Giardia, so early diagnosis is important to prevent spreading the infection. If your pet has persistent diarrhoea, you should seek veterinary care to prevent dehydration or other serious complications.
How do I perform the Test?
It is very simple – just use the enclosed cotton swab to obtain a faecal sample, mix it with the test solution and then add 3 drops to the test cassette. You will then be able to read the results after 5 minutes. A positive or negative result is indicated by 2 or only 1 line in the test window respectively.
The best time to test is during the shedding phase and/or when the symptoms appear. If tested outside this time period, you may get a false negative result.
What should I do if I get a positive result?
You must see your Vet immediately so that he/she can start treatment ASAP.