Multiple dogs on Clay Kaserne have recently been diagnosed with Giardia. Giardia is a gastrointestinal parasite that is transmitted from ingestion of feces infected with a cyst-form of the parasite. This can include a dog eating infected feces or grass, drinking contaminated (often stagnant) water, grooming another animal or licking or eating something that came in contact with infected feces. Once identified, this disease can be treated with medication.
Clinical signs range from normal feces to watery or mucoid diarrhea and nonspecific gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting or lack of appetite. If your dog is showing signs, please see a veterinary professional for testing. If your dog is not showing signs but you have concerns, please speak with a veterinarian for guidance.
Control and Prevention
Pick-up feces daily and dispose of feces with municipal waste. Prevent your dog from eating or licking items on the ground and from grooming other canines. If your dog is infected or you are concerned, please avoid use of the dog park or communal outdoor areas.
Giardia has a low potential for transmission to humans, but it is recommended to use proper hygiene, to include hand washing, especially when handling feces. If you are developing gastrointestinal signs please seek medical attention.
For more information, please read the Companion Animal Parasite Council info page on Giardia: https://capcvet.org/guidelines/giardia/ or contact the Wiesbaden VTF at (0611)143-546-0700.