That's why I am asking...Grace has had some nasty poos in the last few days, and she's had them before about 6 months ago, but it's been years since we had ghiardia in the house, and yesterday I was thinking (as I was cleaning the rug and had no place to run to avoid the smell....) that this smell might be it. I thought it was something she ate, but the girl has a cast iron stomach....
Do you just use the amount per weight as listed on the package?
Several years ago one of my dogs contracted giardia and my vet said one of the best treatments was to go ahead and administer the vaccine... it worked in our case. His diarrhea cleared up within 2 days and never came back. He was on a medication for a short time also, but the vet seemed to think the vaccine was the best treatment.
Rocky has had the vaccine twice - but from my understanding this does NOT clear up a current infection but rather LIMITS future infections (making the shedding of giardia less infection to others, as well as themselves) - and is far from 100% effective.
Once you have giardia you have it. When I asked my vet about the vaccine, I thought he was going to have a heart attack he laughed so hard. Plus its made by Ft. Dodge and they are notorious for coming up with bad vaccines.
I am laughing about the vaccine too. Hudler got it and I swear no sooner did he get the vaccination, he got ghiardia. I am sure there is no corrolation (or IS there???). I then found out by our trainer who is big in the FT/HT world that the vaccination is a waste of money.
Laura, have you ever heard or used tylosin? That was recommended to me too. Since we don't know 100% if it's ghiardia and we have another dog who's loose too. Pepto only goes so far.
Yeah - I have heard that the vaccine is not worth it. I was very much on the wall about giving it and still regret letting them talk me into it. Ideally I should have called a few other vets to get more opinions. At the time I was frazzled (not an excuse I know).
I'm hoping that at worse, it is useless (as long as it doesn't have any negative impacts on the dog).