Dog_Shrink wrote:No I'm not a vet, I'm an Animal Behavior Specialist which requires knowing a little about a lot . I also write a column for our local paper. I've been doing this for over 17 years and also own a herd of 5 dogs myself so you learn how to treat the ailments that usually send the average person running to the vet at home. I use a really great book also. It's called the " Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook" ISBN# 0-13-085632-0 (ppc) If you put that # into a search at Amazon or borders you can find it, plus there is an Amazon link to it on my webpage. http://RollOverRover.spaces.live.com I have the first edition and I LOVE it... It has saved me so much money is vet bills... I can't begin to tell ya.
Playaplease813 wrote:It is called the Antibiotic, Skin, Standard Package
katiek0417 wrote:I don't mean to hijack this thread, but since giardia did come up...Dr. Blabs, how effective is the vaccine against giardia? And, is there some preference over the use of Panacur vs. metronidazole?
blabsforbullies wrote:I have to be honest. I just went to a continuing education seminar in December, and we talked at length about Giardiasis. So much is not understood about testing, and which forms are cause for zoonosis. The speaker I listened to, as well as the general consensus that I have heard, is that it isn't terribly effective. Most feel it can't hurt, but I have heard of very few success stories with the vaccine helping control that blasted disease.
As far as treatment, it used to be thought that metronidazole was the first choice, but the current thinking is that it only gets about 60% of the Giardia that is out there. Panacur is now thought to be more efficacious. I treat dogs with cysts (not just the ELISA), for 7 days. If they are just ELISA positive, I treat for 5 days. Then recheck the fecal in 2-4 weeks after the last dose. Checking sooner than that might lead to a false positive result. It is so tough because, as you know, it lives in the environment FOREVER.....
Does that help at all? If not, let me know. I can try at get more details for you.
katiek0417 wrote:Wow! Thank you for that info!
When doing Panacur, is it recommended that it be repeated 3 weeks later, then 3 months (as it would be for worms)?
I (well, not me...but the dogs) had our most recent bout of giardia with Nemo...he was originally prescribed 10 days of double dose metronidazole...when he still had soft stools and problems gaining weight, our other vet told us to use the panacur...that seemed to do the trick!
But, yes, it's very hard to get rid of...with all the dogs we have, our vet has just recommended that we just go ahead and give them a 3-day dose of panacur every 6 months, then also do a fecal every 6 months...so far, so good in doing that...
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