The best way to treat and take care of a puppy that has giardia is by taking them to the vet.
Technically speaking, mild infections with giardia parasites can go away on their own after a few weeks. However, there is no way to tell whether what your puppy has is mild or not so it is best to just play it safe.
Here are the 3 most important things you can do to take care of your puppy if they have a giardia infection.
Get A Vet Involved
A veterinary specialist is your best chance at ensuring that your puppy makes it through the bout of giardiasis alive, healthy, and happy.
If you suspect that your puppy has giardia from their symptoms, the vet will help you get confirmation by running various stool tests. Once confirmed, they will recommend the best drugs to get the infection under control and start the recovery processes.
It is very important that you avoid DIY treatment with over-the-counter antibiotics and dewormer medications as you may end up causing more harm than good.
Keep Your Dog Hydrated
If you want to do your part taking care of a puppy with giardia at home, one thing you can do to complement the meds from the vet is to keep your dog hydrated.
Remember that they are losing a lot of fluids from vomiting and diarrhea, and will need as much help replacing that water as they can get.
We recommend that you leave a bowl of clean, cool water in an easily accessible spot for your sick puppy. You can also try to encourage them to drink more water by serving it just before or with their meals.
Feed Your Dog Light But Tasty Meals
Another important task for you when it comes to taking care of a puppy with giardia at home is ensuring that they are eating. Given how traumatized their guts are by the infection, foods that are light and easy to digest while being packed with nutrients are the best to go with.
We recommend you to go with foods, like boiled eggs or chicken for protein, mushed pumpkins for vitamins, minerals and fiber, and white rice for the energy. You can also give your puppy some yoghurt if they are not lactose intolerant. This will help replenish their gut microbiota.